Town sign warns ‘This is not a gun free zone’

Most said it's just an extra layer of protection

GREENLEAF, Idaho (CNN) – A small town has some very unorthodox welcome signs. They let people know, many people there are armed.

If you drive through the small town of Greenleaf in Canyon County. You’ll be greeted by this sign, “Welcome to Greenleaf…this is not a gun free zone.”

“We are a big family out here in Greenleaf. It’s a small town. I think all of us having a gun shows that we are a respectable society,” said Kelly McBride, a Greenleaf Resident.

The town of just over 800, which also urges residents to own firearms in its city code, put up the five signs a few months ago.

The Idaho transportation department had to approve two of them because they’re placed on Highway 19 which is a state route.

A city council member says despite some early opposition, feedback on the signs has been overwhelmingly positive.

Everyone CNN spoke to was all for them but some think the wording is unclear.

“When they first went up, I actually had to read them twice because the “not a gun free zone” you kind of have to read that. I wish I was a little more clear,” said Gordon Bates, a Greenleaf Resident

I asked locals why they thought the signs were necessary since they say crime in the town is practically non-existent.

Most said it’s just an extra layer of protection.

“There’s a place a right place for guns. A place that they can be used and we should have the right to protect ourselves from criminals and hopefully these kind of signs deter crime in the long run,” said McBride.

Residents say the town’s overall stance on gun rights has drawn more people to live in the town, rather than scaring people off. As for the cost, a city council member said the signs were paid for through private donations, so it did not cost the city any money.

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