Council passes firearms amendments

EDINBURG – Town Council approved two firearms amendments to the town code at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

One amendment prohibits discharging firearms within town limits with a few exceptions – law enforcement officers using their weapon in the performance of their duties, gun owners discharging weapons in the event of a life-threatening situation, and the use of pneumatic weapons, provided that no pellets or other projectile leaves the property in question. Licensed shooting galleries are also exempt.

The second firearm amendment involves the carrying of concealed weapons.  It states: “Any Circuit Court, upon a written application and satisfactory proof of the good character and necessity of the applicant to carry concealed weapons, may grant permission to do so. The order of granting such permission shall be entered in the law order book of such court.”

Both amendments are in section 72 of the town code, and both passed unanimously.

Council members also discussed the possibility of allowing the town’s library to replace its sign with a new one that could include an electric component to display variable messages. Councilman Clyde Beachy offered the comment that signs of that nature can annoy the public, especially during late hours.

“I think if we allow the library to do that, it should be on a timer,” Beachy said, noting that the timer should keep the sign off outside the hours between dusk and dawn. Councilwoman Teresa Minnick agreed, saying that the sign should not “deter sleep.”

Council took no action on the matter and will discuss it further.

Council also reappointed Bill Boone and Paul Blacet to the town’s planning commission. Their terms were set to expire on Nov. 30.

Council, which previously had two members on the town’s planning commission, whittled it down to one, with Councilman Steve Van Stee remaining on the commission and Vice Mayor Steven Wood electing not to stay.

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with clarification on the concealed weapons amendment.  The full text of the amendment has been added.

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