Gun-rights Activist Clarifies Comment Saying City Council Members Are “Targets”

By Gregg Hennigan, Reporter


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Perhaps the most eventful moment of Tuesday night’s gun-ban debate in Iowa City came after the the discussion ended.

After the City Council voted unanimously to ban guns on city-owned property, David Telliho of Kalona approached the microphone. Mayor Matt Hayek said the council had moved on to the next item and the gun discussion was over, but Telliho said some council members had “made yourselves targets tonight.”

Council member Ross Wilburn then ordered him to leave or be removed from council chambers, and Telliho left without further disruption.

Telliho on Wednesday called SourceMedia Group to clarify his comments. He said what he was trying to do was warn those council members who said they do not have guns in their homes. Saying so publicly could make them targets for criminals, he said.

“I regret that things were taken as they were,” he said. “That was far from my intent.”

He said he spoke with Wilburn after the meeting and went to the police station, also in City Hall, to explain that his words were not meant as a threat.

Wilburn confirmed that Telliho spoke with him. Wilburn said he thanked Telliho for the clarification and left.

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