NEWS ALERT: Weston Selectman Dennis Tracey is recommending the Board of Selectmen put off revising an existing town firearms ordinance until after state and federal legislators consider the issues involved.
Mr. Tracey and the other two selectmen, David Muller and First Selectman Gayle Weinstein, will discuss his latest recommendations at the Board of Selectmen meeting scheduled for this Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting venue has been changed from town hall to the Weston Middle School auditorium.
Ms. Weinstein said Monday that because Mr. Tracey sent his report to the selectmen, it is a public document, and so the town is releasing it as a press release to the public at this time because there is “a lot of interest in this in town.” However, she said she will not comment on the report or on Mr. Tracey’s recommendations until the full board has an opportunity to review it at the public meeting.
The current working draft of a proposed revision to the town’s existing firearms ordinance includes provisions that would:
- Ban assault weapons, automatic weapons, and high-capacity magazines which are “not appropriate for our town for sporting purposes.”
- Require safe and secure storage of weapons when they are not being used.
- Require registration of all firearms in town.
Mr. Tracey states in the report he forwarded this week to the selectmen that since the board last met on Jan. 3 to discuss the gun ordinance, he has, as directed by the board, had “a significant number of discussions … with many members of the community and a review [has been] made of constitutional and legal standards.”
Based on those discussions, and “in light of the broader discussions taking place” at the state and federal levels, Mr. Tracey’s report states, “I recommend that the board defer consideration of any revisions to the existing ordinance in order to allow the state and federal governments to consider the issues. Should there be a need after those discussions are concluded for reconsideration of the Weston ordinance, the board can consider doing so at that time.”
In his report, Mr. Tracey also states, “There have been a number of inaccurate media reports on the current discussions. It is not, and never has been, the purpose of the ordinance to ban all firearms within the town of Weston.”
The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) released a statement Monday in response to Mr. Tracey’s report.
The NRA calls Weston’s draft ordinance a “misguided and far-reaching gun ban” that would “severely limit your right to self defense and would subject law abiding citizens to discriminatory fees and regulatory schemes.”
In response to Mr. Tracey’s recommendation to suspend consideration of an ordinance change, the NRA said, “While this is an encouraging development, the fight is certainly not over because this is merely a ‘recommendation’ from Selectman Tracey. Weston, and surrounding communities, needs to remain vigilant and continue to contact town selectmen until they permanently reject this severe encroachment on our right to keep and bear arms.”
For the full story, see this week’s Weston Forum, out Thursday, Jan. 17.