Residents of Nevada Iowa overwhelmed the city with well over 100+ angry phone calls when they found out the city was planning on making a gun ban.
The controversy started Monday when a post appeared on the Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page about the proposed ban.
The post read, “Breaking News: Nevada, Iowa is trying to strip you of your right of self-defense in virtually the entire city!!”
“It was kind of a surprise come Monday when I opened up the emails,” said Lynn Lathrop, the mayor of Nevada.
The recommendation to ban guns on city property was made by a safety committee. City leaders said this is only a recommendation and hasn’t even been proposed to the city council yet.
“If we all arm ourselves bad people will realize, ‘Oh my, I better not do this because I may just get to be the victim myself,'” said Rhonda Appelgate of Nevada.
Appelgate has a concealed carry permit.
“A few honest, good people carrying can create a safety net for everybody in the town including people who don’t carry,” said Appelgate.
The Facebook post stems from a memo sent out to city leaders from Safety Committee Chair Ray Reynolds.
“It’s much to do about nothing,” said Reynolds.
Reynolds tells us the recommendation comes after some city workers expressed safety concerns with members of the public. He said someone once placed a box outside of a glass wall in front of a city employee and said something to the effect of “I hope you aren’t afraid to open this package.”
“Our employees are just trying to do public service and they shouldn’t have to deal with threats, intimidation,” said Reynolds.
Appelgate said that doesn’t mean she should be denied her Second Amendment rights.
“Guns are not dangerous, bad people with guns are dangerous,” said Appelgate.
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