A proposed resolution set to go before the Belleview City Commission urges the head of every household in the city to have a gun in order to protect their families and to keep the peace in an emergency.
On Tuesday, the board will consider the plan, which has been introduced by Belleview resident Donny Barber, to encourage “all law abiding citizens to own a handgun, rifle or shotgun and receive adequate training to become proficient in the use of and safe handling of the weapon so they are prepared to protect themselves and their families.”
The resolution also calls on homeowners to “maintain a firearm, together with ammunition” in order “to provide for the emergency management” of the city, as well as “to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare” of Belleview and its residents.
Tuesday's action would be the first of two steps to enact the resolution.
Commissioners would have to vote to direct staff to draft the document in the city's official format.
If they agree to that, the resolution would come back a second time in September for final adoption.
Barber is the executive director of the Sovereignty Action Committee, an Ocala-based group that wants the state to assert its rights against federal encroachment, as outlined in the Constitution's 10th Amendment.
His resolution offers 14 reasons why Belleview residents should arm themselves.
He cites the Second Amendment, as well as the District of Columbia vs. Heller case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution grants private citizens the right to own firearms.