Will Jackson Employees Be Allowed To Carry Weapons?

JACKSON (WWJ) – Jackson County employees could be the first among municipal employees in Michigan allowed to carry concealed weapons to work.

County Policy Committee Chairman David Elwell said they’re considering allowing employees to carry in some of the buildings where they work . He said the policy change makes sense, since current law allows citizens to carry concealed weapons, with a licence, in certain public buildings

“It just seemed kind of out of whack that employees would be prohibited in carrying in places like that and yet the general public, with a CPL (Common Public License), can walk into those same meetings and same rooms or Treasure’s Office or anywhere else where employees would be prohibited from doing that,” said Elwell.

Elwell. said, when asked, 7 county employees said they would carry to work if they were allowed to do so.

Elwell, who is also chief of police in Columbia Township in Jackson County, said concealed weapons, even with a license, would still be off-limits in court rooms, youth centers and certain other buildings, per current state and/or federal laws.

Jackson County Commissioners were expected to vote on the issue Tuesday night.  If approved, Elwell said the change would affect county employees only.

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