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June 18, 2014

Monds: Elected officials usurping our rights

CAIRO — A Grady County citizen expressed his opinion about the community’s lack of concern about the Grady County Commission enforcing a gun ban policy at Barber Park during a May meeting.

“There was no public outcry. The citizens really didn’t have anything to say, and that’s sad,” said Libertarian John Monds of Cairo during a Tuesday commission meeting.

During the May meeting, commissioners voted 5-0 to not allow firearms at the recreational facility.

The decision was based on Gov. Nathan Deal’s signing into law a bill that allows guns to be carried into bars, churches and some government buildings. However, the commissioners decided it was not best for Grady County.

Monds vehemently disagrees with the vote.

“It was pretty egregious that the board would want to agree unanimously to break state statute,” he said. “I thought immediately that it was an issue when I found out about it and that it should be raised. We look to elected members to protect out rights and look after citizens of this county, and I think there was an egregious miscarriage of your duties.”

Monds concluded, “I just wanted to make my point known for all of you and hope that moving forward that we can trust you are going to look after us in the future. There’s a lot of elected officials usurping our rights — and I don’t think that’s right.”


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