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Richmond votes down proposed assault weapons ban

Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

RICHMOND – A ban on assault weapons likely won’t come up again, the Richmond village president said.

After two and a half hours of public comment at the Richmond Village Board meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously killed a proposed assault weapons ban.

The board had decided to bring the measure up following the passage of a concealed-carry bill that includes a provision giving municipalities 10 days from enactment to pass bans on semi-automatic assault-style weapons.

But there’s disagreement over whether the provision applies to non-home-rule communities such as Richmond.

That was one of the arguments raised by the ban’s opponents who crowded into Richmond’s Village Hall.

“There was a fairly good cross section of local residents, as well as people who traveled from longer distances in order to speak at the meeting,” Village President Pete Koenig said.

Some questioned why Richmond, a town of less than 1,900 people, needed a ban and raised concerns about how that would affect those crossing through the town on Route 12 on their way to Wisconsin.

Others worried a ban would limit their ability to protect themselves and their families.

The idea behind the “shell ordinance” was to keep the village’s options open beyond the 10-day deadline, Koenig said before the meeting. The village could amend or abolish a ban after the deadline; it just wouldn’t be able to enact one.

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