Is Town Hall Big Enough For Tonight's Discussion on The Firearms Warrant Article?

There's plenty on the Selectmen's docket tonight, but we're expecting a big crowd for one item in particular, and we want your take on whether there's enough room.

A discussion on last year's warrant articles for Spring Town Meeting was so packed that many observers were forced to stand outside in the hallway. Will tonight be a repeat with the large crowd expected for tonight's discussion on the firearms ban warrant article?

Since Patch first reported on this story over a month ago, the topic has spread to media outlets across the state, with a packed house of those wishing to discuss the article the last time it came before the Selectmen's attention as well.

Tonight's meeting also has a wide array of other items on the warrant as well as a presentation by State Representative Jim Arciero and State Senator Eileen Donoghue on the Fiscal Year '14 state budget, an update on the potential Fiscal Year '14 town budget voters will deliberate upon at Town Meeting, information on the possible demolition of Parents' Market, a conservation restriction at Nashoba Valley Ski Area and more.

Will you be there? Can the Town Hall Conference Room fit everyone that wants to be there? How many people will be watching the meeting on Westford CAT?

We'll bring you a recap of what happens tonight, but in the meantime, what do you think will happen?

Tell us in the comments.

Ghost February 14, 2013 at 01:17 AM
No money to honor police, fire, and teachers step increases but money to burn here trampling on the US Constitution? Hypocrites! Westford is going to get the pants sued off us with the liability on this, bond rating really gonna dive then. I imagine all police fire and teachers feel real good about taking one for the team last year to see money recklessly thrown around this year! Clean house time folks
Amber February 14, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Anne: As I understand it, the BoS used up 6 hours of Town Counsel's retainer. They say they "didn't spend any money", but the reality is that a retainer was paid up front and they just dipped into it at some godawful hourly rate to push this agenda, and that's money which now can't be used for things currently in ongoing litigation. That's some pretty expensive ink on paper if you ask me - the rest is just semantics.
Amber February 14, 2013 at 03:13 AM
CCR: Yeah, someone probably wet his pants when "ultra vires" started getting bandied about. Thus, the current underhanded political maneuvering to present it as a citizen's petition to protect someone's backside, bank account, and house. It's a much different ballgame when it's your OWN money at risk and not a pool of taxpayer funds, isn't it?
Amber February 14, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Protagoras February 23, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I hope your reference to Selectman Jefferies proposed Article was tongue-in-cheek when you are insinuating that it would be start a grass roots discussion? Mr. Jefferies has the right to say and propose as he wishes, but as an elected official of this town it was a disservice to the town. Read the Article carefully, it was cobbled together quickly and has no legal basis to support Federal judicial review. Read Heller and MacDonald and you will find evidence that this would clearly have lost at the Federal level. The end result, would be only a huge legal bill for the town. As I've stated in a previous post, the genesis of this Article by Mr. Jefferies can be found in a dislike or bias towards firearms. Again, as I stated in my previous post, I believe more contributing causes to these events is the dismal state of mental health services and laws as well as the preponderance and extensiveness of realistic violent movies, tv shows and video games. The 2 Colorado events as well as the West Virginia event can be viewed as caused by individuals with psychotic behavior. Lack of proper recognition and treatment led to these individuals carrying out this horrific acts. How do we mitigate/lessen this? Start by looking at this rather than using these events as a rallying call to ban firearms.


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