Two FBCC meetings on tomorrow’s calendar, February 27, 2018

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
February 26, 2018 – 2:18 p.m.


Although the fourth Tuesday of the month is not a normal meeting date for the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC), tomorrow will be an exception for two meetings.

The FBCC will convene in Special Session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to consider a resolution calling on State and Federal officials to support legislation to reduce gun violence in the country. The multipage resolution calls for:

  • Requiring a background check for every firearm sale;
  • Raising the age for legal purchase of firearms, magazines and ammunition to 21; and
  • Supporting the passage of legislation that would keep military-style weapons and high capacity magazines away from schools.

At 6:00 p.m. tomorrow and following the Special Meeting, the FBCC will conduct a workshop on city sanitation services. City staff seeks guidance from the FBCC on key elements of the upcoming contract for sanitation services.


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Teri D. Springer
Teri D. Springer (@guest_50514)
5 years ago

I find myself wondering how more legislation is going to keep certain guns away from schools. I was under the impression that NO guns were allowed on school grounds unless carried by a police officer. So an additional law is going to prevent the carrying of military-style weapons onto school grounds?

Seriously, the only thing that is going to stop that is to make military weapons available ONLY to people on active duty in the military.

Daniel Sloughter
Daniel Sloughter (@guest_50518)
5 years ago

This is merely a regurgitation of Googled information thrown together without any real knowledge of firearms or the relationship of firearms and criminals. It’s been said 1000’s of times…. “Laws ARE NOT for Criminals”… Laws are made to “control Law abiding citizens”, NOT criminals! Criminals DO NOT follow or obey laws! Period!

Now having said that. I do agree with a new age proposed requirement to purchase, own or possess a firearm (of any type) to the age of 21. Given the changes in United State socially conditioned young adults and children over the last few generations. These generations have grown up without a clear understand and proper parental mentoring of what is “Right & Wrong” and it shows in every case stated above. And their clear lack of understand “what” and “Assault Weapon” by definition has been fogged and manipulated by corrupt politicians and media to the point where they can call anything “An Assault” whatever… If you do not want your child to grow up to be a Criminal and or Mass Murder. “BE A BETTER PARENT!”

No law or laws will ever stop criminals… Because laws are not for criminals. Never have been, never will be… You can not control criminals by passing laws that only apply to law abiding citizens! Bureaucrats seem to not have the ability to grasp this undeniable truth that passing laws that only apply to law abiding citizens will never effect the criminals that these laws were meant for. This is why these reactive endeavors always fail. They target innocent people while leaving the criminals completely unaffected! And keep in mind that the “Types” of weapons used is not only irrelevant but also grossly miss-represented in many of these attacks where as in many cases the media reported the use of an AR-style weapon when in fact there was no such weapon present…

And let’s face it. If by chance we could all just make every “AR-Style” just magically disappear… What would that solve? “NOTHING” Because it was never the type of weapon that caused the crime. But the type of person who made the decision to commit the crime. NOT the Gun… And if we could make them all just disappear? Those same criminals would simply pick up a knife, a bat or use an automobile to commit their insane crimes. The only real insanity is the these ignorant half-baked politicians can not understand the problem is with the criminals actions and not their weapon of choice that is the problem…

please deal with City business
please deal with City business(@bob)
5 years ago

I’d prefer to see the City stay focused on local work. This seems like a well-intended, but purely political action.
The City, with this action is declaring itself to be a gun-free zone (how charming) and it sets the City Commission above the State laws that control firearms sales.

I’ve no doubt the CC thinks this is the right message, but it has no business getting involved in this debate.
Everytown For Gun Safety is NOT a non-partisan group, as the declaration states. IT is a Democrat group, and the declaration is filled with the only data that supports their views.
Could we just deal with City business please?

Christine Corso
Christine Corso (@guest_50517)
5 years ago

In addition to strongly agreeing with Mr. Hall’s comments, it needs to be disclosed where this lengthy (11 page) worded resolution language came from, and/or what staff member was charged with spending tax payer time to compile the data and compose the resolution.

Dave Lott
Dave Lott(@dave-l)
5 years ago

Chuck Hall, spoken like the well reasoning person you are! Personally, I favor the increase in age and the limitation of magazine clip size. Neither one is a fix all, but the age thing is a good idea as Daniel noted. As to the clip size, I can’t think of any reason why someone other than law enforcement or military would need a clip holding more than 9 bullets. Won’t stop harming people with those first shots, but slows down the active killer and hopefully effective defensive and offensive measures can be taken to eliminate the threat.