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City Keeps Ban On Parade Firearms

On a 3-2 vote, the Coeur d'Alene City Council voted to keep their current ban on firearms and parades and other public assemblies. Councilman Steve Adams and Dan Gookin were the two voting against the ban. Of course. Gookin pleased a small crowd that had gathered for the discussion, according to the Press, by saying: "When I was elected I swore an oath to uphold the constitution, and I believe one of my highest duties here as an elected official is to protect people's rights and one of those rights is to keep and to bear arms." Veteran Councilman Ron Edinger, on the other hand, said he thinks the city's ordinance makes good sense and he doesn't believe the ordinance should be changed. The Press quotes him as saying: "At the time that we passed the ordinance, we were having problems with Aryans, and everybody that was on the council at that time - including myself -- felt it was the right thing to do. Personally, I think the ordinance has been a good thing for the city of Coeur d'Alene." Full story here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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