By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Newark City Council members have passed an ordinance to restrict individuals from openly carrying firearms in city buildings.

The bill to ban firearms, gun components, ammunition and explosives in municipal buildings passed 6-1 Monday after intense debate between members of the public.

Under the new law, citizens with a concealed-carry license may be armed as long as their gun remains concealed. Violators who do not immediately leave city property can be fined up to $500 and sentenced to up to a year in prison.

Councilwoman Marge Hadden says the legislation is intended to make residents feel comfortable while participating in city government.

Councilman Rob Gifford cast the single vote that opposed the bill, saying the legislation won’t stop anyone who intends to do harm from concealing a weapon.

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