During a city council meeting in Oak Harbor, Washington, a veteran was testifying against the city's ban against guns in their public parks. The citizen who was testifying was asked by one city councilman to remove and turn in his legally concealed weapon. When the citizen refused, the councilman walked out. But that's only the start. It's the next city council meeting that became really interesting.
First, there's the January 15 meeting of the Oak Harbor City Council. Lucas Yonkman steps before the microphone to testify. Below is an edited video of Yonkman's testimony and the remainder of the meeting. You can skip ahead to around the 2:00 minute mark.
As reported by MyNorthwest.com, the city councilmember who walked out is Rick Almberg, and he surely had no idea of what he started.
Here's what happened at the next meeting:
The council was met by 160 people Tuesday night, many who were packing heat.
There were handguns in holsters and rifles slung over shoulders and an unknown number of people concealing their weapons as the Oak Harbor City Council met. Many attended the meeting to show support for veteran Lucas Yonkman who Councilmember Almberg tried to have kicked out of City Hall last month, including Joe Hawkins who openly mocked him. "Mr. Almberg I just want you to know that I have a concealed ham sandwich right here I don't want you to get up and walk away," he chuckled.
Most attended the meeting to oppose the city's ban on guns in parks and the marina. The Second Amendment Foundation had threatened to sue if the ordinance wasn't overturned.
The Whidbey News-Times that the ordinance that put the city in an uproar was voted down by the same city council that put the ban in place the first time.
The armed members of the audience ultimately won the day at the Tuesday night meeting as the council members unanimously voted to reverse a ban on guns in city parks. Councilman Rick Almberg created a region-wide controversy by leading the council in a decision not to immediately bring the gun-related city code in compliance with state law, but then dramatically walking out of the last council meeting when his colleagues refused to pass his motion aimed at disarming a member of the audience.
But on Tuedsay the council avoided the spectacle of drawn-out public comments by quickly passing the ordinance and only allowing the audience to speak during a half-hour comment period; they made it clear that it was a threat of a lawsuit, not public pressure, that pushed them to act.
The liberals on the city council can say what they want. Whether it was the threat of law suit or the pressure from outraged citizens. It really doesn't make a difference. What matters is that no government entity should be allowed to infringe on anyone's Constitutional rights. Period. If that City Counciman Almberg doesn't like it, maybe he should resign rather than just walking out.