Re: Firearms
From: lilbert (
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 12:34:04 -0600 (MDT)
It seems silly to change the rule if you felt strongly enough about it to 
make it in the first place. An exception seems very workable. You could even
just tack it on the the end of the rule, ie., "except in the case where a
member is required by law to own and maintain a handgun and ammunition".

We have not faced this situation, but we have faced many situations where
we've had to make exceptions to rules. It's the nature of the beast. If we
didn't make exceptions, we'd be just another evil condo association. But if
you throw out every rule someone has a problem with, there won't be any
rules. And that's another subject entirely. I'm not going there.

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California
>From: "Richard L. Kohlhaas" <rlkohl [at]>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: Firearms
>Date: Sun, Jul 30, 2000, 2:35 PM

> Early in our process of community definition, we consensed on some Values
> and Bylaws
> including the following:
>     Weapons are barred from common areas, and
>     Firecrackers, explosives and ammunition are barred from the property.
> Now we are faced with the situation of a family joining the community, one
> of whom is a Federal
> law enforcement officer who is required by his job to maintain a handgun
> and ammunition.  We
> are struggling with either making an exception for this family or changing
> the bylaw.
> Has any other cohousing community faced a similar situation?
> What rules do other cohousing communities have on firearms and ammunition?
> ------------------------------------
> Dick Kohlhaas <rlkohl [at]>
> Colorado Springs (Colorado) Cohousing Community
> (Currently 18 intending owner families; we have an option
> on a 4.7 acre property 1.5 miles from downtown, where we
> plan to build 30 to 34 units. We have engaged an architect,
> started the rezoning process, and plan construction start
> in April 2001.)

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