On Wednesday morning, Jan. 16, on the TV show Jansing & Co. on MSNBC, Weston Selectman Dennis Tracey said the town’s three-member board of selectmen have received veiled threats because of their proposed changes to the town’s gun ordinance.
Mr. Tracey said the ordinance is now on hold because announcements of broader initiatives have since been announced on the national and state levels.
He said it would be useful to watch and see what’s done by the state and federal government before the town moves forward on a revision to its ordinance .
He explained that changes to the ordinance were explored after the Newtown shooting because the selectmen believed it was important to start a community conversation about whether there were things they needed to do to help with the safety of the town’s citizens.
There was significant pressure about the gun ordinance, he said, from the NRA and outside groups who published the selectmen’s names, addresses, and phone numbers on websites. The selectmen received emails and phone calls from Alaska, California, and across the country, he said. “The calls were from people who don’t care about the town but have an agenda to push,” Mr. Tracey said.
The selectmen also received some “veiled physical threats” that were dealt with by the police, Mr. Tracey said. In addition, people outside Weston have threatened to sue the town, “no matter what ordinance was passed,” he said. Because the town has limited resources, Mr. Tracey said the town needs to be careful.
Although the proposed ordinance may now be on hold, Mr. Tracey said the selectmen will continue the gun ordinance conversation in the future.