Hudson considers banning guns on city-owned property
HUDSON, N.Y. -– The city of Hudson's common council is a considering a proposal that would make it illegal to carry a gun on city-owned property, even with a valid pistol permit.
The proposal drafted by Alderman John Friedman would ban guns at city-owned parks and recreation areas, sewage and water treatment plants, and inside city vehicles, among other places.
"This isn't about the right to bear arms. It's about the city's right to manage its property," Friedman said. "We just want to make sure our employees and visitors are safe, so we want people to leave their weapons at home."
City sidewalks and streets would be exempt, Friedman said. The proposal does not apply to police officers or to owners of "antique guns and weapons with historical value," he said.
The common council's law committee is scheduled to debate the proposal at City Hall, 520 Warren St., at its February 27 meeting. It is not scheduled for a vote.
If the proposal eventually comes to the floor and passes, Republican Mayor William Hallenbeck, Jr. could veto it. The council – comprised of 10 Democrats and one unregistered member – would require a two-thirds majority to override.
Hallenbeck and Council President Donald Moore, a Democrat, did not return phone calls Monday. Majority Leader Carmine A. Pierro Jr. said he had not read Friedman's draft. Most messages left for rank-and-file common council members were not returned.
It was unclear Monday whether the proposal would run afoul of the U.S. Constitution. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled against gun control legislation in Washington D.C. Two years later, the court struck down a longstanding ban on handgun ownership in Chicago but left open the door to further legal challenges.
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