Pro gun activists poured into Oak Harbor City Hall Tuesday night to speak out against a councilman who tried to ban guns from city meetings.
It was standing room only inside council chambers, and many attendees proudly announced they were carrying weapons. The men and women turned out to tell the council the city’s gun ban in local parks is illegal and the attempt to ban guns at City Hall is out of line.
After hearing from residents on both sides of the issue, the council concentrated its focus on the rule of law. State law specifically blocks cities from banning guns, and Second Amendment supporters have already threatened to sue.
With those facts in mind, the council voted to lift the ban.
Oak Harbor was thrust into the national spotlight two weeks ago with an Army veteran named Lucas Yonkman.
Yonkman almost always carries a concealed handgun on his hip, and he brought his gun to an Oak Harbor City Council meeting last month to talk about lifting the ban on firearms in city parks. He also sparked a disruption that soon became national news.
After Yonkman told the council he was carrying a gun last month, Councilman Rick Almberg proposed a vote to ban guns at public meetings. When that motion failed, Almberg walked out of the meeting.