It passes with no further discussion from aldermen

By Jennifer Eisenbart

Staff writer

Just two weeks after a lengthy discussion on what should be included in a local weapons’ ordinance, the City of Burlington Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved banning weapons in city buildings.

There was no discussion at the meeting, except to bring the item up for a reading and to vote on it. The issue has become a hot button in many municipalities as gun rights advocates and those seeking to secure public buildings have stated their cases.

The reworked city ordinance will ban so-called “dangerous weapons” in city buildings as well as concealed carry in those buildings. Those weapons include firearms, knives with a blade three inches or longer, a bow or crossbow, an air gun, a switchblade knife, Billy club, etc.

People who apply for and receive a state license will be allowed to carry concealed weapons per the new state law that takes effect next month, but not in city buildings. City officials said two weeks ago that private businesses would have to decide whether or not to allow concealed carry.

Anyone allowed by the mayor or Common Council by a special exception would also be allowed to carry.

One such exception would be a death threat against a staff member, and that staff member being allowed a weapon to protect himself.

The ordinance had some minor revisions from the first draft, including allowing toy bows and arrows, as well as air pellet guns.

The ordinance will not regulate concealed or open area in city parks or other open areas.