The Delaware County Daily Times published an editorial today urging a ban on guns in Pennsylvania municipal meetings. This cry for action comes in the wake of the shooting at a municipal building in Monroe County which left three people dead. The alleged shooter had a “long-running property dispute with township officials” (read the full article here).
The editorial notes that guns are banned from almost all higher-level municipal buildings such as the U.S. Capitol, PA state Capitol, and county courthouses. The editorial highlights this an unacceptable discrepancy between the fact that “members of Congress, the state Legislature and court officials are protected at work from weaponized whackos, but elected officials at the lowest, most unsung and often unpaid rungs of our democracy are forbidden by Pennsylvania law to enact reasonable protections.”
Much like how the First Amendment rights can be restricted in order to protect the safety of the public, the Second Amendment right to bear arms is not an absolute right, despite the language stating that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Towns and municipalities should have the right to enact ordinances that protect the public — in this case, municipal workers and public servants.