DeSoto County residents have been using it as an illegal shooting range for more than 50 years and now they want to turn it into a park.
This Monday the county's board of supervisors will take up the issue of guns and greenways again and they are seeking the public's input.
What the board is talking about is an ordinance that sets the fine and punishment for breaking existing gun laws. It's something that some supervisors say will work and it's something that some supervisors say is unnecessary and unenforceable.
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They say a gorgeous stretch of land along the river may be the very spot where Hernando DeSoto stood when he discovered the mighty Mississippi. If it was in fact this spot, from the looks of all the artifacts on the ground, you have to wonder if he didn't pause, drink a beer, and then shoot the can with a 12 gauge shotgun.
On Monday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m., the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors plan to announce that they are considering enforcing state and federal gun laws with an ordinance on who can carry guns on the new greenways in the county. Among the areas of major concern is Bass Landing, the future home of Hernando DeSoto Park.
"We want to bring public attention to this area where they have been shooting in that area and now it's a greenway," said Supervisor Harvey Lee.
The board is somewhat split on the matter. Lee doesn't think there is need for an ordinance when federal and state laws already apply.
"Without putting someone at the front door, or a gate there at night, it's not going to stop people from shooting," he said. "We don't want to infringe on the Second Amendment rights. We have a choice; we could say absolutely no guns in our greenways and we don't want to do that. What we want to do is adopt the policy that the state has adopted that is the concealed weapon carry law.
As for the future of bass landing, Lee said he's even received phone calls from residents who live in his district, thanking him for the picnic tables planned for the park. They say it will make it an even better gun range.
"Yeah I had one guy call me and say, 'yeah, you put picnic tables out there, and I'll just use it as a gun rest,'" Lee said.
The board of supervisors is talking about possibly building a gun range somewhere in the county. So many residents won't be inclined to use Bass Landing.
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