Fort Wayne Councilman Paddock opposes guns in parks proposal

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A Fort Wayne city councilman thinks the council should not approve an ordinance that would allow people to carry guns in city parks.

The Fort Wayne City Council should not take any action that would make our residents feel less safe in our public parks,” Councilman Geoff Paddock said in a statement released on Tuesday.

In the statement, Paddock said he appreciates that Jason Arp brought the issue forward. He also recognized that a 2011 state law allows guns into city parks.

“It is only logical that local governments in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Huntington, Auburn, New Haven and every other city and town should make their own decisions regarding public safety in parks and other public entities,” Paddock said. “City Councils are close to the citizens they represent.”

Paddock is also the executive director of headwaters park. He said patrons going to the park aren’t comfortable with weapons on the premises.

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You can read his full statement below.

Statement by Councilman Geoff Paddock Regarding Firearms by Saige Driver on Scribd

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