Sanford Police: ‘neighborhood watch volunteers can carry weapons’
The police department in the city where Trayvon Martin was killed says that it will not formally prevent neighborhood watch volunteers from carrying weapons.
The Sanford Police Department recommends that the volunteers not carry weapons, but does not wish to infringe on a person’s constitutional right to bear arms.
Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith says the program will better train participants but won’t infringe on someone’s constitutional right to carry a gun. Smith spoke Tuesday to clarify the agency’s policy, days after the department said it would work to ensure volunteers weren’t carrying weapons.
Smith says those carrying a gun can still participate in the neighborhood watch program, and no one will be asked if they have a license to carry it.
Block captains will be required to sign a waiver saying the city will relinquish liability if they decide to carry a weapon.
Makes you wonder would good it is for the department to recommend that volunteers not carry weapons, if they’re just going to allow them to anyway.
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