Grand Junction Panhandling Ordinance Shot Down By Court
9News reported that the city of Grand Junction can no longer stop someone from asking for money after dark. The ACLU filed suit against the city last year. Now, the court has ruled the ordinance is indeed unconstitutional.
Here's more from 9News report:
The judge ruled that Grand Junction's panhandling ordinance was too broad and curbed constitutionally protected speech. She wrote that Grand Junction was using a sledgehammer to solve a problem that could be solved with a scalpel.
The city argued the ordinance limited aggressive panhandling, not passive panhandling. Among other things, the ordinance banned asking for money at night.
What do you think? Was the city of Grand Junction right to try and limit these activities or did the courts decide right in your opinion?