During a citizen comment period of the Oak Harbor, Washington city council meeting a veteran and concealed carry permit holder urges the city council to defend the citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights and also to educate children on guns and gun safety. After he finished speaking, one of the city council members asked Lucas if he was “armed right now”. Although it was optional for Lucas to answer the city council’s question, he responded, “Yes, I have a concealed carry permit and I am conceal carrying at this moment…I served my country for over 5 years, sustained wounds in protection of those rights and if there was an issue I would protect any person, whether I knew them or not, with my own life. So I hope you feel comfortable with that.”
However, it was apparent that the city council member who had asked the question was anything but comfortable that Lucas was lawfully exercising his right to carry a weapon for protection. The city council member made a motion to ask “anyone who was armed to check their weapon with the police chief or leave the premise”, after commenting, “There is someone in the chambers who is armed; it’s NOT necessary.”
A quick vote of the 8 member city council resulted in a 2-6 vote, thus allowing all who were armed to stay at the meeting without checking their weapon. After the vote was final, the town council member who originally raised a fuss about having legally armed citizens present grabbed his papers and walked out of the meeting. Wow!
Meanwhile, the city attorney touched briefly on the legality of the attempted motion. It turns out that the attempted motion violated Washington’s preemption law, so it would have been unenforceable had it passed.
The best part is the last 3 minutes where the mayor tongue lashes the other city officials for violating their pledges as elected officials to uphold the Constitution. He goes on to apologizes to Lucas for having to go through this ordeal and the attempt to trample his rights. The Mayor goes on to tell Lucas, “I feel safer that you are here. If we were to play out hypotheticals in reference to an elected official being concerned about somebody harming someone, it’s not going to be coming from the likes of you.”
Watch the video to see the whole ordeal yourself: