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Jackson Co. Passes Policy Allowing Employees To Carry Guns To Work

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UPDATE: Jackson County officials unianimously approved the CPL policy.


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a new workplace policy allowing county employees who have a concealed pistol license to carry their weapon while they work.

The board voted on the same policy last year, but it didn't pass. The chariman of the board, Steve Shotwell, says last year's policy didn't pass because of how it was written. This year's policy is in-line with state law.

The law in Michigan allows people who are have a CPL or concealed pistol license to bring their gun into the county building. Officials say employees should have the same privilege.




"We're following the state law on weapons, whether that's a pistol, a shotgun or knife or otherwise," said Mike Overton, the administrator for Jackson County.

Overton says Jackson County's a safe place to work. Employees don't need to carry a weapon for personal protection.


"The policy really is Jackson County making a statement about the second amendment. That we support the second amendment."

"Our constitution tells us we should have this right and we should exercise our rights. It's our privilege as an American," said Phil Duckham, Jackson Co. Commisioner.

Duckham says right now, county employees can't have a weapon, but licensed carriers can bring a weapon in. He says if a county employee is threatened, they should have the means to protect themselves to the extent the law allows.


"If somebody doesn't have a registered gun or doesn't have a license to carry, does that mean they're just not going to carry? Absolutely it doesn't. And those are the people you need to be fearful from because they disregard the law," said Duchkahm.


The 30 day waiting period also gives Overton time to help educate county employees on what the concealed pistol license is and the laws governing it.


"The law prohibits them brandishing their weapon. They should never be out showing their gun around. There should never be anything like that. It should be a safe place to work," he says.


Overton says he'll even be taking a CPL course this weekend so he's fully educated on the law.

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