Gun Discussion Postponed Due to Overcrowding at Town Hall

During Representative Jim Arciero and Senate Eileen Donoghue's discussion on the state budget, Selectman Kelly Ross was informed that Town Hall was over capacity and discussion on the town warrant would have to be delayed.


This morning the Westford Patch asked if Town Hall would be big enough to hold everyone wanting to discuss Article 30 and other gun-related warrant articles at this spring's upcoming town meeting, and the answer appears to be no.

In what Selectman Kelly Ross called "one of the lowest moments of his career as a Selectman," discussion on anything relating to guns was postponed to a date yet to be announced, with approximately 100 people gathered in the hallway and meeting room.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

UPDATE 8:50 p.m. - We've been told that approximately 50 people were downstairs in addition to the more than approximately 100 upstairs.

UPDATE: 8:53 p.m. - Article 19 (Authority for Selectmen to Take Easements Related to Route 40 Culvert Replacement Project and Article) and Article 20 (Designate Westford as Economic Target Area under the Economic Development Program) have been removed from the Warrant.

UPDATE: 8:56 p.m. - Article 3 (Supplemental Appropriations, $75,000) has been recommended 4-0-0. We will have more on the other items tomorrow.

PatHenry February 14, 2013 at 07:16 AM
"Work our way to the middle"... or speaking truthfully.. "You give up a bunch, we give up nothing but we don't ask for twice as much" The only real middle is the one where firearm restrictions are omitted... We've given too much as it is.
PatHenry February 14, 2013 at 07:30 AM
All gun control laws are biased. Violent crime is down nationwide and has been.. regardless of increased number of guns in circulation. I know a vice Det. from a nearby city that just busted a drug dealer that got my buddy (undercover) a full-auto ---- full-auto -- machine gun. Street price: 1200 Pre-ban (MA legal) AR15 before current AWB concerns: 1500... Yeah, gun control's working swell.
R Gagnon February 14, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Mike, Sheep? Sheep are defenseless animals by nature, not by choice. I wouldn't describe myself as one of them. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't describe you as one either. They are defenseless by nature. You chose to live that way in your "rough" areas.
Vincent DiRico February 14, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Hmm I recall only one group held demonstrations, filed lawsuits, ... soil these boards with drive-by comments at any turn, ... stick their fingers in the eyes of the residents who pay them, ... now there's some reality for you!
R Gagnon February 15, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Don, just like our right to live freely, it is up to the government to prove you are not worthy of that right in order to take it away. Similar to a court of law, you are worthy of excercising your 2nd amendment right unless proven otherwise. There is no burden on the citizen to prove he is worthy of the right to bear arms before he can excercise it. Its called due process.


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