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Lynchburg official opposes gun-free meeting venues

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 9:40am  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- A Lynchburg city councilman says the city should hold public meetings only in venues where guns are allowed.

Councilman Jeff Helgeson tells The News & Advance (http://bit.ly/1aFPxxp ) that holding meetings in public schools or other gun-free zones deprives law-abiding citizens of their right to protect themselves by bearing arms.

He says the city should either use only venues where guns are allowed, or provide security at meetings.

Earlier this month, the City Council held a joint meeting with the school board at an elementary school. State law prohibits anyone except law enforcement officers from bringing a gun onto school property.

Helgeson says he didn't attend the meeting because he was uncomfortable with the lack of security.

Mayor Michael Gillette and Councilman Turner Perrow say they're satisfied with current procedures.

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Information from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/


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