The irony of our state legislators follows in the vein of a recent legal decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Our state legislators create a ban on open-carrying firearm protesters in order to do their job in safety. The ban fails to protect other elected officials during local city and county meetings [“Battle brewing between cities, state over gun-carrying law,” Local News, Feb. 10].
The Supreme Court has strict regulations regarding a 250-foot buffer zone to “maintain a clean, safe, and suitable order of decorum on the property.” In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Massachusetts law ensuring a 35-foot “buffer zone” outside abortion clinics was in violation of the First Amendment, preventing the free speech of anti-abortion protesters.
For themselves a 250-foot buffer zone, keeping people far from the federal building where controversial decisions are made, obviously violates the First Amendment rights of those protesting the court’s actions, yet it remains intact. When was a Supreme Court justice killed, attacked, harassed by the actions of protesters?
City and county officials should not look to the state Legislature to create the same level of safety for them.
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Glenda Tecklenburg, Mill Creek