Proposed Gun Bylaw Set Aside For Now
by Connie Sartini
In late September, residents of the Martins Pond Road/Floyd Hill Road/Star House Lane area were shocked, when a quiet Sunday afternoon turned into the rapid firing of high-powered weapons from a residence in their neighborhood that lasted for over two hours.
In some cases, the firing occurred within the mandatory 500 feet distance from a dwelling. Complaints went to the Police Department and to Town Officials.
A group of citizens approached the Select Board and requested a new town by-law be established to regulate the discharge of firearms in the Town of Groton.
The bylaw, which was included in the 2019 Spring Town Meeting Warrant was “brought forward in an effort to protect residents of Groton from the illicit discharge of firearms, except as those outlined in the proposed bylaw.”
Spokesperson for the group, Alan Donald said he felt that the article being proposed could be “relatively contentious.” He added that following a discussion with Police Chief Michael Luth, the neighbors were assured by the Chief that all of the existing laws regarding firearms would be enforced.
Based on this assurance, Donald asked the Select Board to “set aside the proposed bylaw for now” noting that should the need arise the proposed bylaw will come back.