When the you-know-what hits the fan, many law enforcement agencies quit enforcing the law and law-abiding Americans are left to fend for themselves more than ever before is no time to tinker with their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. But that’s exactly what one Florida mayor did earlier this week in response to rioting and looting in his city.
On Sunday, West Palm Beach, Florida, Mayor Keith James banned possession of guns in public places for anyone except law enforcement and military—including concealed carry permit holders. And he did so in the midst of widespread rioting and looting throughout the country, a time when law-abiding citizens are more likely than ever to need their firearms for defense of themselves and their families.
His emergency declaration also banned both private and commercial sale of guns and ammunition, another freedom protected by the Second Amendment.
James’ emergency declaration read: “Whereas, there is reason to believe that there exists a clear and present danger of a riot or other general public disorder, widespread disobedience of the law, and substantial injury to persons or to property; all of which constitutes an imminent threat to public peace or order and to the general welfare of the City of West Palm Beach, or parts thereof …