Greenleaf, Idaho is a small town of about 800 residents. The signs that greet drivers as they enter the city read: “Welcome to Greenleaf, Idaho. This is Not a Gun Free Zone.”
As KBOI 2 reports, residents seem to be all in favor of the signs, which were not paid for by the city, but by private donations. There are a total of five of these signs, two of which had to be approved by the Idaho Transportation Department since they were placed on Highway 19, a state highway.
The city of Greenleaf already has a near nonexistent crime rate, as the city code actually encourages residents to own firearms and to be well-trained in their use. KBOI 2 reported:
Greenleaf is a city of just over 800 people that urges residents to own firearms and get weapons training in their city code. It has a very low crime rate, but some residents tell KBOI 2News that the signs are just an extra layer of protection.
“There’s a right place for guns,” [resident Kelly] McBride said. “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.”
Although the city had faced opposition in the past regarding their “not a gun free zone” signs, people seem to be all in favor of them now. Only one person has complained so far, and it wasn’t because he didn’t like the message. He said it wasn’t clear enough:
“When they first went up, I actually had to read them twice because of the ‘not a gun free zone,'” said Gordon Bates, a Greenleaf resident. “You kind of have to read that. I wish I was a little more clear.”
According to local residents, the signs have not pushed people away from the small town. In fact, it’s brought in new residents.