Idaho town seeks to make clear it’s not a gun-free zone

Chris Eger for reports:

Town leaders in a small western Idaho city intend to post donated street signs to let visitors know where they stand on gun control.

Greenleaf, population 846, doesn’t maintain a police force of its own but did in 2006 pass a citywide resolution asking that each household acquire a gun and ammunition and seek training in the use of firearms. Now a city leader and area businesses have purchased five street signs advertising the city is not a gun free zone.

“Myself, as a city councilman, and apparently the rest of the City Council agrees that gun-free zones are targets,” said City Councilman Steven Jett. “If you look at the shootings that have happened, they are gun-free zones. Schools, malls and recently churches. I want people to know that this is not a gun-free zone, and we are not a target.”

The council is waiting for input from the Idaho Transportation Department before erecting the signage. While the state has the signs under consideration, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, a Republican with a history of introducing pro-gun legislation in Washington, visited a Greenleaf town meeting and expressed his support for the message behind the signs.

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