Today, Hernando County, Florida, commissioners will consider restoring county workers’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights while on the job. A current county policy prevents them from carrying firearms while on the job without fear of disciplinary action.
County Commission chairman Steve Champion has indicated that county workers shouldn’t have to chose between their right to self defense and the potential loss of their job.
“They should have a right to defend,” said Hernando County Commission Chairman Steve Champion.
Champion also owns American Gun and Pawn.
“Hernando County is a pro second amendment county and I’m pro second amendment,” he said.
The county’s current policy prohibits county workers from carrying a weapon while on the job.
“I asked several weeks ago to add this to the agenda to change the policy and allow any concealed weapons holder to carry when appropriate,” said Champion.
At the end of February, Lake County Florida voted to restore the right to bear arms to Lake County employees who had carry permits.
The Lake County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to allow county employees with concealed weapon permits to carry their guns while on the job.
Commissioner Josh Blake asked fellow commissioners to consider doing away with the county’s employee policy that prohibits the possession of weapons while on the job. Commissioner Wendy Breeden was hesitant but joined fellow commissioners in the unanimous decision to change the policy.
“I personally believe that the natural right to defend your life does not disappear into thin air when you leave your house in the morning when you go to work. I think that is something we have control over, which we do. It’s our employee handbook. I do think it’s a reasonable thing to allow employees to utilize that right and have the right to self-defense while they are on the job,” Blake said.
The change takes effect immediately and applies to those who have permits. It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
It is currently illegal to carry a firearm in Florida (there are a few exceptions) without a permit. County workers will now be treated the same as any other citizens when it comes to the right to self defense.
This is the continuation of a trend moving across the U.S., restoring rights that were infringed by personnel policies in local and state governments. Just because you’re a government worker, you shouldn’t be required to give up your fundamental constitutional rights.
Bowling Green in Kentucky restored the right to be armed to public employees at work, in January of 2018. Virginia and Georgia counties restored the right in 2016. Local government employees have regained their rights in Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, and Texas.
Government workers should have the same rights everyone else. Bureaucrats who have the same rights as ordinary citizens are more likely to uphold those rights because they’ll have “skin in the game”.
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