The town of Greenleaf, Idaho is a small place, with a population of just over 860 people, and it has some welcome signs that some might find a bit strange.
They say: “Welcome to Greenleaf, Idaho. This is Not a Gun Free Zone.”
This story from kboi2.com says the signs have been up for several months, with residents saying they reflect the town’s attitude.
“We are a big family out here in Greenleaf,” said Kelly McBride, a resident for over 10 years, in the story. “It’s a small town. I think all of us having a gun shows that we are a respectable society.”
A sign was installed at each entrance to the town, numbering five in total. The story says the state Transportation Department needed to approve two of the signs since they were planned for Highway 19, which is a state highway. It was granted last year.
The signs were paid for through private donations, so as to not cost the taxpayers anything.
Greenleaf is certainly a pro-gun town at its roots, with its city code urging residents to own firearms and get training in how to use them. While the crime rate is very low in the little burg, residents told KBOI 2News that the signs are just a little extra.
“There’s a right place for guns,” McBride said in the story. “A place that they can be used. We should have the right to protect ourselves from criminals and hopefully these kind of signs deter crime in the long run.”
Locals also say the town’s stance on gun rights hasn’t deterred new residents, but has rather encouraged them and drawn more people to the town.
It’s not a far cry from the photoshopped signs online for various locations, like the one in this story, or this one from Pennsylvania: