The Boobs in Boulder will ban Booby Traps

@laglen (19782)
United States
May 5, 2010 1:42pm CST
Owners of creative home-defense devices beware: The city of Boulder may soon officially ban all booby traps. The City Council on Tuesday night decided to pursue a measure that would outlaw the use of any devices designed to "kill, injure, or trap people when activated." The ordinance was built into the city's new rules for medical marijuana businesses, and originally it was aimed only at preventing booby traps in those facilities. The city has expanded the definition, however, to make the "anti-personnel device" code apply to any person's body or property anywhere in the city. "The concern about anti-personnel devices was raised by a fire department association as a growing problem," according to a city memo. City Councilwoman Suzy Ageton convinced the rest of the council to pull the item from the debate about medical marijuana. It will instead be scheduled for a separate public hearing, likely on May 18. Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said he's supportive of the idea. "Some dispensaries have been known to go to some extremes to protect their product and their business," he said. He said he's never heard of such a thing happening in Boulder, but he thinks the city should be proactive about outlawing the use of mantraps or other automated defenses in any business or home that emergency responders might have to enter. "I know over the years we have certainly heard of drug places being booby trapped," Beckner said. "Our narcotics unit is always concerned about that." He said officers and firefighters shouldn't have to worry about opening doors and triggering a shotgun, explosives or other deadly devices. Read more: http://www.coloradodaily.com/ci_15018866?source=most_viewed#ixzz0n58ctbMh Coloradodaily.com ok, first you have to understand that the dispensaries have been hit very hard with theft and other violent crimes. I think this takes away their ability to protect their property. What do you think? This ban would include something like double doors in the front of a business, you can get through one but not the second, then you are trapped until authorities get there.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
6 May 10
That law has been in effect in Florida for a long time. It is designed to protect innocent people who have a right to be on someone's property, such as someone from the electric company checking your meter or delivery man from the Post Office or UPS, from being injured or killed as a result of your trap. Unlike a weapon in your hands, traps do not discriminate and a poorly designed trap could go off when it's not supposed to.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
6 May 10
I think if they specify harmful devices. But a trap that holds you until police arrive I think are ok. People reading meters are not going to be there in the middle of the night.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
6 May 10
Such a trap could still constitute false imprisonment. People reading meters might not be there in the middle of the night, but repo men are, and I'm sure there are people who would set traps for them if they could.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
6 May 10
lol good point, I have no argument for that!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
6 May 10
I agree to an extent. I think that booby traps designed to kill or injure should be "controlled", but trapping people, like in your example, that's ok with me. I can understand the fire and police departments being a little concerned about booby traps, but I'm not for giving up all traps... And I'm not for giving up my bat either if someone tries and breaks in to my house!
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
6 May 10
I think it is too vague. I think causing harm - especially if emergency workers are arriving on the scene, but the trapping I think it would help. Even registering these traps would be better than none.