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on Nov 19, 2008
The Town's anti-air gun language should be amended to include a privilege to defend one's home, land, and pets from intruders. Why can't responsible home owners use an air gun to defend their property against varmints? Who in Portola Valley would hesitate to use an air gun to defend their dog or cat from a bobcat or mountain lion? Under this ordinance, such uses are now prohibited. A windfall for Voles, but a loss for dear ole-Fido.
Dear Tortious - Note that the amended ordinance does not prohibit ownership of guns, including air-powered guns, nor does it preclude the use of an air-gun or other weapon to defend oneself or others.
I suspect that the self-defense clause includes one's pets.
This is just another dumb feel good law. It does nothing. If Im going to be evil and shoot someones pet this does nothing to stop it. Isn't animal cruelty a criminal offense?
and while you are pumping up your daisy red rider to defend anything Ill let loose with my .357 magnum...have a nice day.
Thanks for your reply. I hope you're assumptions are correct (though that is a big assumption). However, I still disagree with the town's ordinance. Not only is the ordinance legislative surplusage (there are adequate remedies available for harmful discharges of these weapons -- think criminal and civil penalties); it is unenforceable. Do you really think the sheriff's department is going to waste resources responding to someone's otherwise harmless use of an air gun? If they are, wouldn't that the money the spend so responding be better spent on our schools?
another stupid law passed by the minority, why not put this on the
ballot and let the people vote on it instead of unintelligent
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