Dubuque Shoots Down Home Gun Sale Ban

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - The city of Dubuque shot-down a ban that would end home gun sales. Right now, guns are being sold out of some houses in Dubuque. Residents can sell guns out of their home but only if they have a special permit.Those permits are rare as the city has only issued five.

On Monday, city council member Joyce Connors brought the issue back up for discussion. She said people have been complaining and saying they're worried about the safety of their neighborhoods when people are selling guns out of homes.

But most of her council colleagues disagreed. Police say they have had no trouble related to guns or gun violence at any of the five homes that currently have a permit to sell firearms.

City Council Member Ric Jones said, "I understand the angst of the neighbors, but doesn't this doesn't appear by any evidence anywhere to be a real problem. So why are we trying to solve it? "

Members of Dubuque's Coalition for Non-Violence say they were hoping the council would ban home based gun sales.

"I was surprised by some individual positions and I am very disappointed overall. Very disappointed," Mary Sawyer said.

The city's legal staff says they looked into the specific language of the proposed ban and say in no way would it have violated second amendment rights.

Some council members say they received hundreds of calls and e-mails about this issue. Some of that communication was threatening.

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