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Goreville rids ordinance requiring gun ownership

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GOREVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

People in the village of Goreville were required by law to own a gun, but many of them didn't even know it.

Monday night, the village board voted three to one to repeal the nearly 30-year-old law.

Mayor Larry Vaughn says local leaders approved the measure in the 1980's to make a statement after another community near Chicago voted to ban firearms in homes.

"Well, I think the people like Gary so they supported him," said Goreville resident June Walker. 

Walker was living in the Village of Goreville when Mayor Gary Vaughn passed an ordinance requiring homeowners to own guns.

"Gary was a very friendly person, everybody in town loved Gary and he was a go getter."

Monday night she'll see village leaders repeal that same ordinance almost 30 years later.

"I'm not even a gun owner, it doesn't bother me that much and I think that Larry Vaughn is a good mayor and he knows what he is doing," she said.

And for many who have called this place home for years, they never even knew the law existed!

"I had never heard of that before. We aren't gun owners, but I know a lot of people do have  guns, and I'm not against it but I was just surprised," said Goreville resident Linda Hillman. 

But Hillman says times have changed, even for this sleepy village home to just over 1,000 people.

"I'm sure that there was a lot of fear maybe and people felt that they had to protect themselves and maybe that still is today, but I don't feel that way personally," she said.

Mayor Larry Vaughan feels the measure is too much of a liability for the city, so he says it has to go.

So while safety isn't much of a concern for either women, especially when you live across the street from a state police, they wouldn't mind seeing the 30-year-old law taken off the books

"That's fine with me."

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