Hudson gun ban discussion draws crowd
Feb 28, 2013 6:46 am
The Hudson Common Council Legal Committee met Wed., Feb. 27, to consider a local law amendment to ban guns from city property, including parks, buildings and vehicles. The intent of the proposed legislation is "to protect city employees," said Legal Committee Chairman, Third Ward Alderman John Friedman. More than 100 opponents of the regulation turned out, but public comment was limited. Hudson Mayor William H. Hallenbeck Jr., calling himself "pro Second Amendment," told WGXC's Noah Reibel the change under consideration by the Common Council is redundant and could "create lawsuits for the city of Hudson." PLAY Hallenbeck interview (5:00). PLAY interview with Friedman and Common Council President Don Moore (3:22). WGXC's Tanya Blue spoke to one attendee about the ban: PLAY (:37). WGXC's Jim Shields spoke with Nancy Baker, a gun owner who works in Hudson. PLAY (1:29) Early Wednesday, First Ward Alderman David Marston found himself at the center of a firestorm after an email in which he accused gun rights advocates of being “gun toting Tea Party psychotards,” went viral, and the story appeared at dailycaller.com and in the Washington Times. Marston attended the Legal Committee meeting and shared his thoughts on gun control with reporters. (The voice you hear is Joe Gentile of the Register Star.) PLAY (4:10). Two Second Amendment-themed protests organized in response to the recently enacted state gun control legislation will happen in Albany, Thursday. National Rifle and Pistol Association President David Keene is a keynote speaker at one rally. Listen to the full Legal Committee meeting at wgxc.org/archives.