scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Law Enforcement Firearms (LONG)
Wed Feb 02 2000 - 20:27:17 CST
It seem to me that it has to fit the situation that the troop finds itself
Our troop meets in the basement of the town hall in a small New England town.
In the same basement is the police station which is usually empty but police
officers with guns are present upstairs and downstairs at times. In fact I do
my SMCs in the hallway from the meeting hall to the staircase which passes
some of the police offices. We sit at the chairs to which prisoners
(occasionally, perhaps once or twice a year) are handcuffed to a rail. We are
often blamed for closing the free cuff!
In any case police officers occasionally come through with guns. We have also
had the outside back parking lot that we use quite often and the woods beyond
FULL of ATF agents as well as FBI assembling for a raid somewhere. We open
the back door to go outside and here's the whole back parking lot full of
these agents with guns and those lightweight jackets with the big letters ATF
and FBI on the back. Quickly we got the scouts back inside! Another time my
ASM started screaming LOUDLY to clear the building quickly. He's the Fire
Chief and the town hall was briefly on fire! Imagine this he's in the
basement with his BSA uniform on it comes over his radio to respond to the
building he's in!
Another of our TC members is a DOD investigator.............wonder if he
carries a gun? I'll have to ask him next time I see him.
Again I think he depends on the area your in. I know the local school has had
town and state police in the building with guns in holsters. Depends on the
situation. Certainly we would not expect someone to take a gun on a campout.
And yes the person who indicated that their SM would place his weapon in the
trunk of his car and change uniforms is most likely the best thing to do
SM Troop 35 Narragansett Council