Charlottesville City Council to Discuss Permit Changes to Prevent Future Disturbances
Charlottesville City Council is looking to revamp the city's permit rules and regulations to prevent something like the “Unite the Right” rally from taking place.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Council wants to make sure what happened on August 12 never happens again.
Council is looking to revamp the city's permit rules and regulations to prevent something like the “Unite the Right” rally from taking place.
On Monday, December 18, City Councilors will take a look at proposed amendments to the current requirements for city permits.
This follows the deadly events that occurred on August 12 that the city wants to prevent in the future.
The city is looking to make the guidelines much stricter by making people requesting a permit put down a lump sum of money as insurance, and also creating a stricter deadline for when permits need to be filed.
City Councilor Bob Fenwick says some rules that may be discussed are whether or not a permit holder must be a Charlottesville resident, and adding a clause about the permit applicant's history - meaning the city could deny a permit if the person has caused trouble in the past.
“You just can't come into a community and say ‘freedom of speech’ and do what you want,” says Fenwick. “You can't come into a community and say ‘peaceful assembly,’ or ‘we have a right to bear arms,’ and brandish assault rifles on our streets."
Fenwick adds that he believes people will challenge these amendments in court on the basis of freedom to have a peaceful assembly, but he says the “alt-right” groups did not gather peacefully.
Nothing will be finalized on these proposed changes until 2018.
City Council will discuss that topic and others on Monday starting at 7 p.m.