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Coeur d'Alene looks to overturn parade gun ban

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Coeur d'Alene is considering overturning an ordinance that prevents people from bringing guns to parades. Coeur d'Alene is considering overturning an ordinance that prevents people from bringing guns to parades.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

A more than 14-year-old ordinance may be changing in the coming weeks. Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley is pushing to have a gun ban overturned at the next city council meeting on December 16.

The gun ban is part of an ordinance that prevents people from bringing guns to a parade. Gridley says the only reason guns are included in the list of weapons you cannot bring is because of the area's history with white supremacist groups.

"Coeur d'Alene is unique because it has this history with activism, the Aryans, and then the counter protests to that," says Gridley. "So unlike other parts of the state that didn't have this energy, Coeur d'Alene did."

Gridley says in the mid '90s and early 2000s, Aryan Nation parades and protests were common on Sherman Ave. City leaders at the time were afraid of violent outbreak, and passed the ordinance that included firearms in a list of weapons people could not bring to parades; Gridley is looking to remove firearms from that list.

The reason is because in the 2010 Idaho legislative session it was decided that cities would no longer be able to mandate gun regulations. Gridley is hopeful the city will change the ordinance, that way Coeur d'Alene is within the state's guidelines. The city, however, can vote to keep guns banned from parades, but Gridley says that decision would then be left up to a judge.

Gridley says last year the city had the chance to change the ordinance, but instead voted to keep it as is.

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