Open Carry In Park Ordinance Amended
DINGMAN — Dingman Township’s park ordinance was officially amended, eliminating the prohibition of openly carrying firearms on township recreational property. The amendment, which was unanimously passed after a public hearing on Feb. 17, still forbids the discharge of such weapons on park grounds.
Solicitor John Klemeyer brought the need for the amendment to the Board of Supervisors’ attention last month. Klemeyer recognized that Pennsylvania has very clear statutes forbidding local governments from restricting state gun laws and rights. The change is an effort to comply with state laws and avoid litigation. The township can still restrict use of firearms to authorized individuals.
“We have no choice but to take this language out of our park ordinance,” said Supervisor Chair Tom Mincer.
He added that although he was a proponent of Second Amendment rights, he hoped to see the Pennsylvania legislature change its firearm statutes to prohibit carrying firearms at locations such as parks, polling places, and other municipal locations.
“There are places and times where firearms should not be carried because they are completely unnecessary,” said Mincer... for complete story get this week' s issue.