Town of Nucla passes mandatory firearm ownership ordinance; is Craig next?

Local resident plans to again appear before council with a similar ordinance for Craig

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“I think it’s an option, but I don’t necessarily agree that because another municipality has done something that we have to. Like I said in the last meeting (in April), I think a resolution would be a more appropriate course of action than an ordinance, but we’ll see how it is written.”

Craig City Council Member Ray Beck about a soon-to-be presented ordinance requiring heads of households in Craig to own a firearm.

— A small Colorado town’s decision this week to pass an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory likely won’t impact whether Craig city officials adopt a similar law.

The Associated Press reported this week that the tiny town of Nucla was the first municipality in Colorado to pass an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory, with certain exceptions.

Citing inspiration from the northern Georgia town of Nelson, the Nucla Town Board passed, by a 5-1 vote, the ordinance requiring heads of households to own a firearm. Exceptions include heads of households who do not want to participate or who cannot legally own a firearm.

The new law is largely symbolic, will not be enforced and does not include penalties for violators.

Nucla is about 50 miles south of Grand Junction and has a population of fewer than 1,000 people.

Last month, Craig resident Craig Rummel proposed a similar idea to the Craig City Council. Rummel asked council members to consider an ordinance that would include similar exceptions and largely be symbolic in nature.

Council members voiced a concern with passing a measure they had no intention of enforcing, but they didn’t entirely dismiss the proposal, either.

On Friday, Rummel said he intends to again appear before City Council with a draft of what he hopes will be adopted as an official city ordinance requiring heads of households own a firearm. Rummel is in the process of drafting the ordinance with a committee of local residents.

“The way the Craig City Council does things is by following the Roberts Rules of Order, and they like things to be very official,” Rummel said. “Right now, we’re writing something up that we hope pleases them.”

Rummel is trying to finish his draft proposal in time for the council’s May 28 meeting, but he said he likely won’t present his ordinance until the council’s first meeting in June.

Whether Rummel’s second appearance will be successful is to be determined.

Craig City Council member Ray Beck said Friday he’s still skeptical that an ordinance requiring heads of households to own guns is necessary.

“I think it’s an option, but I don’t necessarily agree that because another municipality has done something that we have to,” Beck said. “Like I said in the last meeting (in April), I think a resolution would be a more appropriate course of action than an ordinance, but we’ll see how it is written.”

Joe Moylan can be reached at 970-875-1794 or jmoylan@CraigDailyPress.com

Comments

David Moore 1 year, 4 months ago

Not sure I understand this. If it is merely symbolic, what is the point? Is this the best use of our elected officials time...hearing, voting on, and passing ordinances that pretty much mean nothing? Sounds like a waste of time. It's kind of a moot point anyway, Moffat county is probably one of the most well armed counties in America. Please, someone provide a sensible explanation.......

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Andrew Russo 1 year, 4 months ago

"The new law is largely symbolic, will not be enforced and does not include penalties for violators."

Perfectly in line with how the US is perceived, a nation of laws, poorly written and randomly enforced if enforced at all.

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