Arlington Considers Banning Guns in Public Meetings

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    Tonight, the Arlington city council will consider banning people from carrying a gun into public meetings -- including council meetings at City Hall. (Published Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014)

    Tuesday night the Arlington City Council will consider banning people from carrying a gun into public meetings — including council meetings at City Hall.

    The gun-rights group Open Carry Texas will be at the city council meeting Tuesday to protest the ordinance. The ordinance calls for a $500 fine for bringing a weapon into government-led meetings.

    Members of Open Carry Texas appeared at a city council meeting earlier this month, asking for revisions to a city law preventing them from handing out pamphlets in roadways. Several gun-rights advocates had been ticketed by police for handing out literature along the streets.

    Now, just two weeks after Open Carry Texas packed the council chambers, council members will debate banning guns altogether.

    NBC 5's video from the April 7 meeting doesn't show any of the guns-rights advocates actually bringing in weapons to that meeting.

    Tuesday's city council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will allow the public a chance to comment on the proposed ban.