Shelby man talks down Taylorsville’s gun ordinance

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By Shannon Brock

TAYLORSVILLE –  Turning 180 degrees from a prior vote, the Taylorsville City Commission failed to get a motion last Tuesday in order to pass an ordinance that would have banned concealed deadly weapons in city buildings.

The commission took a look at its concealed-carry policy – or lack thereof – at its September meeting at the urging of Shelby County resident Stephen McBride of the Kentucky Concealed Carry Coalition.

The city has had signs declaring that concealed deadly weapons are not allowed in city buildings since the city annex was built in 1999. However state laws say that the signs must be backed by an ordinance, which the city did not have.
At the September meeting, McBride asked that the city either remove its signs or pass an ordinance to be in compliance with the law.

City Attorney Dudley Dale brought an ordinance before the commission at that meeting. The ordinance was approved on first reading by vote of 4-1, with Mayor Don Pay voting against it.

An ordinance does not go into effect until it is approved on second reading, which was scheduled to take place last Tuesday night.
But early in that meeting, during the time allotted for comments from citizens, McBride addressed the commission and commented on points made during last month’s discussion.

McBride said one comment made during the September meeting was that several shootings had occurred across the nation at meetings similar to the city commission meeting.

“It failed to be pointed out that every one of those jurisdictions had this type of ordinance,” McBride said. “They didn’t work. They never work.”

McBride said it “defies logic” that a person with the intent to shoot in a meeting would be deterred by a sign.

He pointed out that the city only could prohibit people who are carrying concealed weapons, but anyone is able to openly carry a weapon.
“I don’t question your authority to do this; I just question the sense of it,” McBride said.
Later in the meeting, after the second reading of the ordinance, Pay called for a motion to pass the ordinance, but one wasn’t made.

Dale reminded the commission it needed to pass a motion to take down the signs that were currently on the building.
“What about the signs that say ‘no weapons’?” Commissioner Beverly Ingram asked.
“Those are the ones that have to come down,” Dale said, explaining that the city has no authority to prohibit citizens from openly carrying weapons.

The motion to remove the signs passed unanimously.