Lake Ozark Heads into First Weekend Since Open Gun Carrying Ban
LAKE OZARK- This is the first weekend in one Lake of the Ozarks area town since openly carrying firearms was banned to make families traveling in the area feel safer.
The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday in a 4-2 vote to enact the ordinance that also bans openly carrying guns for those with a conceal and carry permit. Even though the law was made to protect families, Houston, Missouri mother Brandy Hood thinks a gun is the best protection for her family.
"You never know what's going to happen," Hood said, "I understand their point but then again you have a right to your weapon."
Hood was visiting Lake Ozark with her daughter Saturday but said she left the small pistol she usually carries with her behind.
Alderman Betsey Browning said in a Lake News Online article that she agrees and feels it violates second amendment rights. She also said businesses should make the decision to whether or not guns are allowed on the premises.
The four aldermen who voted in favor of banning guns say an area that tries to promote itself as a family area, doesn't need to have guns around.
Hood agrees that not everyone should own a gun. She also said that if a person is trained and has knowledge with the weapon they are using, she feels perfectly safe around that person.