Essex discusses firearm use after shooting death

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The Essex select board won’t consider any changes to the town firearms ordinance until police complete their report into the shooting death of a retired college professor.

More than 70 people attended a select board meeting Monday to talk about the current ordinance, which allows the discharge of firearms in much of the town.

On September 23 retired St. Michael’s College Professor John Reiss was sitting in his house when he was hit and killed by a bullet fired by a nearby target shooter. Police say their investigation could take some time.

The discussion at Monday’s meeting boiled down to safety versus the right to bear arms.

Select Board chairman Alan Nye says the board will inform the public if it makes any changes to the ordinance.

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