Gun Barrel City, Texas: Every homeowner should own a gun

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by TERESA WOODARD / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 11:12 AM

GUN BARREL CITY, Texas — Six-shooters are their logo.

Their slogan? "We'll shoot straight with you."

Gun Barrel City doesn't shy away from its name.

"I think the name is a commerce," said City Manager Gerry Boren. "It's a trademark."

Gun Barrel City is a young town, incorporated just 44 years ago in Henderson County. It sits on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake.

City leaders there are now dipping their toes in deeply-politicized water. They unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday encouraging every homeowner to own a gun.

"If you want to," Boren said. "We're not saying you have to, but if you want to, you have a right, and we're gonna support that right."

The resolution refers to the Second Amendment, then states:

"In order to provide for and protect the safety, security, and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, the city supports every head of household residing in the city limits to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition."

The resolution goes on to exempt people who suffer from a mental or physical disability, which would prohibit them from using a firearm.

People who "conscientiously oppose" maintaining firearms and residents who are convicted of felonies are similarly excluded.

The resolution goes on to urge citizens to exercise responsible gun control.

"This is a right, and we don't need our rights taken away," said Mayor Paul Eaton. He said this resolution keeps his city safe while supporting the Constitution.

But there's more motivation.

"I'm not trying to encourage anybody walking down the street with a six-shooter on their side, not at all, God help us," Eaton said with a chuckle.

There are empty stores in Gun Barrel City. They need jobs here; they need industry.

And city leaders think that capitalizing on their name may be the draw.

They hope to encourage gun-related business to consider relocating in a town that would be friendly to their product. "Why not?" asked Boren. "Come to Gun Barrel City; help us build an industrialized area and be a part of it."

Eaton said he had received no negative feedback from constituents.

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