Gun Rally Challenge
Updated: Monday, February 25 2013, 09:09 PM EST
An Asheville city councilman wants to know why police allowed to carry rifles and pistols to a downtown gun rights rally. Saturday’s event protested limits some lawmakers want to place on gun ownership.
Councilman Cecil Bothwell says city law clearly states that guns are banned in parades or picket lines. He says police should have enforced the law. Rally supporters say they discussed the rally with police, and they had no problems with the protest. Bothwell says if a gun had fired accidentally and someone had been injured, the city could be liable if it failed to enforce the law.
Gun rights supporter Carl Mumpower says the rally was a protest, which requires no permit, and that it was not a parade or picket. Deputy Chief Wade Wood tells News 13 that police decided the event was a protest, and that officers at the event didn’t see any reason to arrest anyone. Organizers say the event shows responsible gun owners can meet together without incident.
Councilman Bothwell says he’s asked for a review of the city’s decision from the police chief, the city attorney, and the city manager.
By Sherrill Barber
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