But a top sheriff’s official said that while it was a “close decision,” public safety became the most-important concern rather than constitutional rights.
“I’m a member of the NRA and a firm supporter of the NRA in most instances,” said Col. Greg Phares, chief criminal deputy for the Sheriff’s Office.
“But in this instance, I had to balance the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office with constitutional rights,” Phares added. “I think it’s the right decision. It wasn’t a comfortable decision, but it is right.”
That NRA members selectively forgot that little line ending with “shall not be infringed” once again reinforces my unwillingness to be a member of that organization.
I am a bit confused about the following segment from the article:
Phares said he doesn’t consider the ban on a guns a constitutional violation because tenants can decide whether to sign the lease or not.
“It’s a voluntary choice,” he said.
However, he did admit the evacuees who signed up for the trailers had limited choices on where to live.
“The only problem is a lot of these people don’t have any other options at this point,” Phares said.
If a lot of these people “don’t have any other options”, how can it be “a voluntary choice”?
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