OZARK, Mo. — The City of Ozark is considering banning dangerous weapons from being carried in city buildings. Weapons are already banned in certain places, but a proposed ordinance would expand that.
A similar ordinance had been introduced a few months back, but it only included concealed carry. That one was withdrawn because a few members of council thought it needed more teeth, according to the City Attorney, David Collignon. This most recent ordinance expands the list of weapons and buildings they’re not allowed in.
The ban includes, but is not limited to, a blackjack, a blasting agent, concealable firearm, explosives, gas guns, rifles, knives, and knuckles.
The city already bans, by state statute, weapons in the Police Department, the Board of Alderman Chamber when a meeting is in session and Municipal Court.
The new ordinance would include City Hall, the Ozark Community Center and all other public municipal buildings.
“This is been going on for several months now,” said Ozark Mayor Rick Gardner.
The bill was tabled at the board’s last meeting because one member wasn’t present.
“We anticipate that member will either be present or will be able to vote by way of proxy,” Collignon said.
Gardner says the vote could go either way.
“We have people that believe very strongly in Second Amendment rights, and the Chief of Police feels very strongly that we need more control,” he said. “And I would say that there are probably mixed feelings on the council.”
The mayor says despite gun control being a hot topic in the last few days after the Las Vegas mass shooting, he doesn’t believe that will impact how the Ozark board will proceed.
“Las Vegas isn’t the only one. It’s just a recent example,” Gardner said.
City leaders say they’re confident board members will make the right decision for their constituents.
“They represent their wards and they will vote the way their conscience tells them,” Gardner said.
The next Board of Alderman meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16.
A vote on the ban is expected then. In case of a tie, the mayor will break it.