Spring City

Rural Utah city encourages gun ownership

by Jenny Deam, LATimes.com  |  published on February 25, 2013

From a pretty mountain valley, where the spirit of the pioneers who came 150 years ago lives on, one small town took a stand on guns.

“All in favor?” Spring City Mayor Eldon Barnes asked at a recent City Council meeting.

Four hands shot up quickly at the council table, and the three dozen or so townspeople filling rows of folding chairs looked on approvingly.

In a vote of 4 to 1, Ordinance 2013-04-02 moved closer to becoming law. It encourages every individual in the town of about 1,000 to own a firearm.

The action advanced the measure to a public hearing that will be held Thursday before a final vote takes place. But there is little doubt in these parts that it will pass. By most estimates, 90% of the population is already armed.

“This is our statement to the world. It’s us drawing a line in the sand about what we believe in and what we are willing to fight for,” said town resident Shad Hardy, jubilant as the council meeting came to a close.

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