Four Exeter town councilors have easily survived a recall election spawned by critics of a plan to transfer control of concealed weapons permits from the town to the state. Unlike most towns, Exeter is so small it has no police department and councilors felt the town clerk didn’t have the resources needed to do the job properly. The results of the election plus reaction from both sides.
Voters head to the polls in Exeter on Saturday for a recall election that could send a majority of the town council packing.
The recall was sparked by a dispute over gun permits. It started after four out of five town councilors supported a move to put permits for concealed weapons in the hands of the attorney general instead of the town clerk.
Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with political analyst Scott MacKay to find out what's at stake in this unusual election.
On Saturday Exeter residents will decide whether they will recall four of their five town councilors. Angry residents petitioned for the recall after the town council asked lawmakers to move the permitting of concealed guns from the town clerk to the attorney general’s office.
Those who oppose the recall said gun enthusiasts outside of Exeter are influencing the town politics. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch looked into that claim and joins us now.
ELISABETH: So this recall is centered on who hands out permits in Exeter for concealed weapons.
Voters in Exeter will go to the polls this Saturday to decide whether to keep or kick out four of the five members on the town council. The recall election was sparked by a request from four councilors who voted to ask the General Assembly to change how gun permits are issued in Exeter. Although the legislature never took up the request, advocates for gun rights responded by organizing the recall. The fight in Exeter shows how attempts to change local gun laws face sharp opposition.