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Last Published: 11/22/2006 10:36:06 AM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:

RESOLUTION - Encouraging private property owners to exercise their rights to exclude concealed weapons from their businesses or other places open to the public.

Councilman Alvin Brooks spoke before the committee regarding the resolution. The resolution was drafted in an attempt to encourage property owners to post "No Weapons" signs on their property. Businesses have to protect the public. With the postings, people will know that weapons are not allowed on the premises. Mr. Brooks stated that the issue was still on hold in the State of Missouri. The attorney general has asked all counties to hold the processing of applications for the time being. Regardless of the outcome of pending litigation, Mr. Brooks felt that the resolution should proceed forward. Calvin Wilfred accompanied Mr. Brooks. He stated that his organization worked with people through drug and alcohol treatment. The company also comes in contact with people associated with domestic violence on an outpatient basis. They collaborate with centers such as Hope House. They have four offices in the Kansas City area. To post signs would be a good idea and provide a small comfort to those residents in the centers. City Attorney Galen Beaufort made comments before the committee. The resolution was to provide words of encouragement to businesses . We, as a city, cannot require businesses to comply with the resolution but it gives the business owner the option of prohibiting persons with concealed weapons not to enter their premises. He reminded everyone that this was not an ordinance nor a law that prohibits the right to conceal and carry. Councilwoman McFadden-Weaver, stated that it was important that the council support this resolution at this time in our history where guns and weapons are tolerated. She fully supports the resolution and she encourages citizens to exercise their right to post the signs. She was appalled that citizens who voted against this issue at the state level were ignored. Bureaucracy has overruled the will of the majority of the voters of the state. She will be advocating for citizens to place the signs on their premises. Councilman Troy Nash talked about a meeting he had attended the evening before at Westport High School concerning violence. A comment made during the meeting stated that over half of the violence in the city occurred within the 3rd District. Along with people placing signs on their premises he would like to see stickers and billboards along the streets and highways of the city. Councilman Jim Glover stated that he agreed that the vote of the issue statewide clearly failed. People in cities don't want the issue. The state hadn't compromised. People in the outlaying areas of the state want the right to carry and people in the cities don't. Areas have different concerns. He felt that cities should have the option to decide what they want. He felt that the resolution was appropriate. He had concerns about who would be handling situations that arose from the possible violations of posted signs. Who was going to challenge the notice if there is a violation? Who says what works and what doesn't. He would like to have the situation monitored over a period of time and that an update on the findings regarding violation situations be presented to the council. Councilman Brooks agreed that there is a possibility that the resolution would create confrontations. It is the belief that the resolution would help to deter situations instead of creating them. Many people are involved in the carry and conceal issue. Law enforcement and security personnel will have to be more diligent in dealing with the issue. Councilwoman McFadden-Weaver asked the question "How many children will we lose because of guns?" What is going to happen to the children who are around people with concealed weapons? She also wanted to know what was going to happen to innocent citizens who may become more victims of racial profiling by law enforcement? What happens when someone who has been stopped by police and is reaching for their wallet to get their ID and the policeman thinks that person is going for a concealed weapon and shoots?
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, McFadden-Weaver, Glover, Nash
Nays: 0

Amending the Fire Prevention and Protection Code, Chapter 26, Code of Ordinances by repealing Section 26-105, and enacting in lieu thereof one new section of like number and subject matter, pertaining to Certificate of Compliance fees.

This item was held 2 weeks.