Update on Proposed Ban In Southbury

For prior posts about this proposed gun ban in Southbury, click here.

There was a great showing of CCDL members for the November 2nd board of selectmen’s meeting. Over 700 people were in attendance, and the vast majority were Second Amendment supporters. 48 people stood up and spoke against a firearm ban and only 13 people spoke in favor of such an ordinance.

After a presentation by Southbury’s Resident State Trooper at the meeting, the trooper requested that the Board of Selectmen revisit and clarify two existing town firearm ordinances (one for town parks and one for town open spaces) to determine if these also ban permit holders or does a permit meet the “except by special permit” clause in the ordinances. Southbury Selectman George Bertram has said in an email, that he will also work to rescind both local ordinances that currently restrict legal firearms in Southbury. He doesn’t believe that Southbury should be in the business of adding restrictions to the legal carry of firearms. He said, “CT has enough (restrictions) already, in my humble opinion.”

The board of selectmen ran out of meeting time because they only had the use of the high school until 11PM. They had to table their discussion about the firearms ordinance until the November 16th meeting. Their next meeting will most likely again be at Pomperaug High School, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT at 7PM in the auditorium. They will most likely not take any more public comments at the next meeting, but will vote on whether or not to continue to explore a firearms ban on town property, town building and at town events. With this proposal coming from the Southbury Democratic Town Committee and with the Republicans still holding the majority of the seats on the board after the elections, it is unlikely that this will move forward.

CCDL will of course continue to monitor the situation, and alert our members and supporters if further action is required.

Proposed Gun Ban In Southbury

Southbury town meeting on proposed gun ban; Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium.

The Southbury Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) has requested that the Board of Selectmen consider an ordinance to prohibit firearms on all town property. Ultimately, making these places “Gun Free Zones”.

The Board of Selectmen voted to explore this idea further, and added it to the agenda for their October 19th meeting.

You can see the SDTC letter here: Southbury DTC Gun Control Letter (pdf)

Many of the hundreds of Southbury CCDL members and supporters came out to the October 19th meeting to voice their concerns on this proposed town gun ban. So many, the meeting was rescheduled due to crowd size. The new date and location is Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT. You should plan on arriving early, and sitting in the front of the room. (Please remember that schools are gun free zones)

CCDL is asking ALL our members, especially those in Southbury and surrounding towns to attend this November 2nd Board of Selectmen’s meeting, along with any upcoming public hearings (TBD). We need our members to strongly voice their opposition to such a proposed ordinance. You do not need to speak, but we need 2nd Amendment supporters in attendance. Wear your CCDL swag if you own any.

The antigun extremists are sending people to this meeting from all over the state to make it appear as though most Southbury residents are in favor of unconstitutional gun bans. They even have the audacity to claim that legally carrying a firearm in public is somehow “brandishing”. Can you believe that?

If the town of Southbury removes your ability to defend yourself and your loved ones, will the town and it’s taxpayers guarantee your safety and assume the liability if something does happen?

Southbury residents are encouraged to send their selectmen a simple email, asking them to not support any ordinance that would restrict law-abiding people from carrying a firearm for self-defense.

Selectmen Emails:

First Selectman Jeff Manville Selectman@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman George Bertram Selectman.Bertram@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman Justin Bette Selectman.Bette@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman Jason Buchsbaum Selectman.Buchsbaum@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman Jennifer Naylor Selectman.Naylor@southbury-ct.gov

Selectman Mike Rosen Selectman.Rosen@southbury-ct.gov