Growing Idaho Town Asks All Residents To Own Guns


The City Council in the tiny Idaho town of Greenleaf (population 862), which was founded by pacifist Quakers, is asking residents who do not object on religious or other grounds to keep a gun at home in case they are overrun by refugees from the Gulf Coast, reports the Associated Press. “This is not an ‘it’ll never happen here kind of thing,”‘ said Steven Jett, the ordinance’s sponsor. “We could get refugees.”

The proposal did not cause a stir, perhaps because an estimated 80 percent of adults in Greenleaf already own guns. “The fact that Greenleaf supports the Second Amendment, we’ll be able to keep the crime rate down,” Jett said. The most violent offense reported in the past two years was a fist fight. Greenleaf is on the western fringe of Canyon County, a fast-growing suburb of Boise. “We don’t have a crime problem,” Jett said. “But this area is going to grow and we’re going to keep it that way.”


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