Holly Springs resident calls for required gun ownership
by Joshua Sharpe
May 22, 2013 12:00 AM | 2243 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HOLLY SPRINGS — If one resident gets his way, Holly Springs soon will follow in the footsteps of nearby Nelson and adopt an ordinance requiring all residents in the city to own a gun.

During the Holly Springs City Council work session Monday, resident Dave Konwick addressed the council and asked it to consider adopting the Family Protection Ordinance, the same ordinance passed by the city of Nelson in April.

In its brief two paragraphs, the Family Protection Ordinance requires all heads-of-household to own a gun and the necessary ammunition for the “safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.” Further down in the text, though, a list is given of residents who would be exempt from the law. This list includes those who oppose gun ownership.

Konwick told the council that, in spite of the wide loopholes in the law, it could act as a crime deterrent for Holly Springs.

“There’s plenty of loopholes here … if they don’t want to have one,” he said. “But it sends a message out to the public, the criminal world: ‘Stay out of Holly Springs. You don’t know whose house you’re gonna hit that’s gonna have a firearm.’ I’d like to have you people consider it.”

The Holly Springs City Council did not discuss Konwick’s proposal, but Councilman Jeremy Smith said after the work session that he’d have to “sit on that one for a couple days.”

City Councilman Kyle Whitaker, who along with Councilman, Michael Zenchuk, was absent Monday, said he would

have no comment until further researching Konwick’s request.

In support of Konwick, Nelson City Counilwoman Edith Portillo was in attendance Monday night along with Bill McNiff, the resident who approached the Nelson City Council asking it to pass the ordinance earlier this year.

Konwick said after the work session that to understand why he’s calling for Holly Springs to adopt the ordinance — which he hopes like Nelson’s will be “word for word” the same as the one passed by Kennesaw in 1982 — one only needs to “take a look at what’s going on with the country.”

Around the country, Konwick said, gun rights are being “taken away” from the people in spite of the Second Amendment, and he’d like Holly Springs to take a stand and “clarify” its position.

Konwick said that he hoped that Holly Springs would pass the ordinance in spite of fact that it recently led the city of Nelson to be hit with a lawsuit from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, which claims that the law is unconstitutional.

“That is nothing but liberals trying to see what they can do,” Konwick said. “That’s the other side of the coin trying to do something, and they’ll lose.”

During the Holly Springs City Council meeting following the work session, the council:

• Unanimously approved, with Zenchuk and Whitaker absent, an annexation request at the intersection of Sixes Road and Holly Springs Parkway where the applicant hopes to build a Zaxby’s.

• Unanimously approved the appointment of Kevin Moore to the Holly Springs Downtown Development Authority.

• Unanimously approved an agreement for offender supervision services between the city of Holly Springs and Georgia Probation Management.

• Unanimously approved a request to amend the conditional use permit of Lyndon Academy.
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