Letter to the editor: Facts about the Bristol gun ordinance

A lot of people have been expressing opinions about the proposed gun ordinance in town. One of the reasons why this topic came up in town this spring was because of an incident that happened at Broadview Estates this April. I wanted to outline what happened for people so they know exactly what occurred:
On Easter Sunday around 6:30 p.m., a person in the center of Broadview Estates fired a semi-automatic handgun for more than 10 minutes off of their back deck. This house is in the middle of the development and there are houses on all sides. (They weren’t firing into the woods).
Several residents called the state police, but were told that since Bristol has no gun ordinance, that the police couldn’t do anything. The state police did finally come out, but again said there was nothing they could do.
This was an upsetting incident because no one knew if this was a drug deal gone bad, a domestic violence incident, or if a murder was taking place.
Broadview Estates’ private road is just north the village. It is a circle that has 26 houses on it. People who live there range in age from infant to over 80. Every day people walk the circle with their families and pets, kids play in the woods, people ride horses on the street, and cars go by all day long. It has very rocky soil, and a bullet could easily ricochet off of a rock.
People were concerned about public safety, and were very disappointed by the state police’s response.
This was one of the recent incidents that caused this topic to be brought up. This is not an expression of my opinion on this matter, it’s just the facts about what happened. I wanted people to know the facts so they could make an informed decision about this topic at the upcoming town meeting.
Colleen Schuster
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