Supervisor Tommy Scott represents district five on the Board of Supervisors In Bedford County, Virginia. Scott’s proposed a change to County administrative policy to restore County employee’s Second Amendment protected rights. “At Monday’s supervisor meeting, Tommy Scott proposed a change to county policy that would allow employees with a concealed carry permit to exercise their right while on the job,” wdbj7.com reports. Scott, who teaches concealed carry classes, is not saying . . .
“. . . that they must carry, but if they chose to do that they have a right under the second amendment to protect themselves.”
Infringements against government employees’ gun rights are common. They gradually crept into administrative codes during the “progressive” era of the last 100 years. These administrative measures were slowly added, a process that accelerated strongly after the 1968 Gun Control Act was passed.
My father was a supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in the 60’s. He’d take a pistol with him to work. Not for protection. For occasional plinking during lunch and potting game while working with the survey crew. He once told me about head shooting a ruffed grouse at 15 yards or so.
In the early 1970’s, I brought the a Colt Woodsman to a “Gooseberry Crew.” We were trying to control blister rust, which was devastating the White Pines in Northern Wisconsin. Several others brought pistols. We had informal target matches during the lunch break, in the middle of pine forests bordering the Namekagon river valley . . .
With Second Amendment protections being restoration in numerous states, it makes sense for local and state governments to remove these odious reminders of the fiction that the Second Amendment “did not apply to individuals,” a conceit created by the Kansas Supreme Court in 1905.
Virginia is not the only state where local employees are regaining their gun rights. It’s happening in Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, and Texas. This trend is going to continue and grow. People with carry permits approach 10 percent of the population in some states.
These are people who’ve shown themselves to be the most responsible and law abiding members of the community. With public mass shooting making the news, it’s reasonable for members of the public to resume their role as the first line of defense against attack. Police will continue their traditional role of reinforcing the citizens and insuring that the rule of law is followed in settling disputes.
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