Criminals: Ye Be Warned

Pennsylvania’s Conoy Township—home to about 3,400 residents—has recently erected signs reading: “Welcome to Conoy Twp. THIS IS NOT A GUN-FREE ZONE.”

As a result of its 16 signs placed at various locations, the township is receiving national and international attention for notifying would-be criminals that residents are likely to own guns to protect their family and property.

“We want to welcome people to come in, but let them know if they’re here for criminal activity, they’re not welcome,” said Township Supervisor Steve Mohr, a gun owner who had the original idea for the signage.

The decision was unanimous among the five township board members—of which only three are gun owners, to Mohr’s knowledge. The news made national headlines, and, “We’ve been inundated by people wanting to buy identical signs,” he said.

Cost of the signs was about $500, although the final bill has not arrived. Mohr explained the board of supervisors considers it a sound investment, especially when the township pays $166.38 a year for each resident to underwrite law enforcement coverage from the Susquehanna Regional Police force—a unit that covers another township and borough.

“Over the last 6 months we’ve seen more and more home invasions and petty crime, so we thought these signs would show people we take pride in what we own,” Mohr told Lancaster Online. “You have to realize that to most people in this township, God, guns, family and friends are the four most important things.”

Mohr, a member of the National Rifle Association, estimated that more than 80 percent of local households have firearms. Many residents are avid hunters. He said the feedback he has received about the signs has been very positive.

“You know, we’re all river rats and rednecks and we like it that way,” pro-sign resident Bob Gebhard told the local Fox-TV affiliate.

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