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Proposed city gun ban sparks anger in Hudson residents


HUDSON, N.Y. - A debate over a proposed gun ban on City property in Hudson on Wednesday night became heated especially after a comment was made by an Alderman earlier this week about people who own guns.

More than one-hundred people showed at Wednesday's meeting, but they left disappointed because the Legal Committee Chairman John Friedman would not let them speak, telling them he would not allow public comments on the resolution to ban firearms on city property insisting to NEWS10 "It's not a public hearing."

But for all the complaints directed toward Friedman, the crowd reserved its harshest criticism for Alderman David Marston, who this week responded to a gun owner's email by saying in part: "It's really neat that all you gun-toting Tea Party psychotards are so interested in the goings on of our little city."

At the meeting, Marston apologized to the recipient of that e-mail, Johanna Johnson-Smith, saying "My sincerest apologies. I had no intentions of ever sending this e-mail."

The city's attorney said if the resolution passed, the city could be sued and would lose. But Friedman said he's moving forward anyway, and tried to literally swat away any questions, forcibly pushing microphones away from him when approached for comment.

Friedman says there will be no public hearing until after the council votes. The mayor is vowing to veto the gun ban but the council could override the veto with a two-thirds majority. The vote is not currently scheduled.



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