In Livingston paintball feud, parish council dismisses call to reopen business despite owner’s plea | News

LIVINGSTON — Parish council on Thursday rejected impassioned calls by the owner of an embattled paintball business to help keep his facility open.

A resolution from Councilman John Wascom asked Parish President Layton Ricks to revoke the cease-and-desist order placed last month on Walker-based Guerrilla Warfare Paintball amid mounting compliance issues at the facility.

Wascom earned a round of applause from dozens of supporters at Thursday’s meeting, which some council members described as one of the most contentious in recent memory, when he denounced the shutdown directive as a “witch hunt.”

But to Wascom’s dismay — and to crowd’s ire — no council member seconded the motion.

The failed resolution capped off nearly an hour of vehement argument between supporters of Guerrilla Warfare owner Justin King and the remaining councilors, who insisted that the ultimate authority to lift the cease-and-desist lies…

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