firearm policy and chickens
From: Audrey Watson (
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 19:27:18 -0700 (PDT)
Winslow cohousing has a "no guns" policy, but we did bump into some issues with airsoft guns, which, it turns out, can look just like regular guns. (the issue was brought up when a visiting teen left one laying in the common house, where children then reported its presence). I think we then made a rule that dangerous items left in the public areas could be removed by anyone finding them, and dispose of them as they thought best. I'd have to look up the actual wording. Creating that policy kept the debate down as to trying to determine if airsoft or paintball guns were banned as "guns" or not.

We also do have chickens (I think about 8 right now). They do not smell. They are down in the garden, and have plenty of space. We don't have any roosters to keep the noise down for ourselves and our neighbors. Our worm bin was much odiferous (it would occasionally go anaerobic), and we subsequently swapped to a different food composting method. (we use a Clivus).
--audrey watson
winslow cohousing
bainbridge island washington

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   1. Re: Firearms Policy (Robert Heinich)
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   6. Cats wearing pink booties: the rule of law (Rob Sandelin)
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Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2008 09:13:47 -0400
From: Robert Heinich <robert [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Firearms Policy
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This can be a contentious issue.

Eno Commons has a policy (actually it is in the covenants/bylaws)
which bans operative firearms.  Nine years ago, the process of
re-examining the policy was started by some prospective members who
owned guns and wanted to see whether we would change our policy to
allow them to join.

The issue was dropped because the prospective members who raised it
decided not to participate (they didn't feel welcomed) and a member had expressed her intent to block consensus.

It was brought up again last year as we have new neighbors who do
revolutionary war reenactments and have weapons from that period.  As
they had a musket but did not have the have powder for it, the musket
is not operable and cannot be fired, it was in compliance with our

Quoting Rob Sandelin, if you make a "house rule that says all cats
must wear pink booties, this house rule has the same legal standing as
any law passed by a government."  So your community could create a
policy regarding firearms the Supreme Court recent ruling

However, issues like this are what one member coined 'community
crack'.  There is no right answer, bridging differences is next to
impossible and has the community focusing on what separates us rather
than what can bring us together.

Avoid the issue if you can.

-Robert Heinich
   Eno Commons Cohousing Neighborhood
   Durham, NC
   where this Saturday we are celebrating 10 years of living together.

Quoting Per Eisenman <per [at]>:
What have different communities done about  a firearms policy?  Can
anyone offer any advice or examples.
-Per Eisenman
Champlain Valley Cohousing
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Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2008 10:10:44 -0400
From: Catya Belfer-Shevett <catya [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Documents [was: Re:  builder contracts]
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Cohousing US could really assist the forming and construction processes by
collecting a library of such documents and then spending some time looking
for the patterns they share. Differences among states are to be expected but
that, in itself, is useful information.

OK. How about whenever folks send a document in response to a query on this list, either post it at or cc it to webmaster [at] and i'll post it? It's hardly an organized attempt to collect a comprehensive document library, but it's a start :)

I will also start a set of links from there to the other document repositories that Craig mentioned in his email, unless someone else would like to volunteer to do so?

        - catya

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