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Commissioners vote provides employees firearms rights

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Charlie Brown
Clay County employees are now allowed to have firearms and ammunition in their personal vehicles on county property.

In order to comply with recent legislation (Indiana Code 34-28-7), the Clay County Commissioners suspended the rules to approve an ordinance to amend the Personnel Policies Handbook on the first reading during Tuesday's meeting.

The ordinance amends two sections in the handbook pertaining to the rights of employees -- who are appropriately licensed -- to bring firearms and ammunition onto county property "as long as the firearm and ammunition are locked in a glove box or trunk or stored out of plain sight in the employee's personal locked vehicle."

However, an employee choosing to do this must also fill out a County Firearm Notification Form and submit it to the Auditor's Office prior to bringing the firearm onto county property.

In addition, other than law enforcement officers, employees of the Clay County Jail and other county facilities listed in IC 34-28-7-2(a)(2) are excluded from these rights and are not permitted to have firearms or ammunition in their personal vehicle while on county property.

While employees may have the firearm or ammunition locked in their personal vehicle, the ordinance also states, "illegal firearms, weapons, and other dangerous or hazardous devices or substances are strictly prohibited from the premises of the county without proper authorization" as specified in the "Security of Premises" section of the handbook.

Per county policy, the amendment also had to be approved by the Clay County Council, which was passed unanimously during its meeting Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband brought a couple items for the Commissioners' consideration.

Husband presented a District Mutual Aid Agreement which lays out guidelines on recovering costs from natural disasters, along with protocols pertaining to district assets and assistance, such as HazMat units.

The commissioners approved authorization for Commissioners' President Charlie Brown to sign the agreement.

They also approved a $4,000 Indiana Department of Homeland Security Foundation Grant, which Husband said would be used to purchase non-budgeted items for the office.

He added the grant funding would be specifically for a complete computer workstation, a digital camera, GPS system, printer and a pager to allow dispatchers to contact him.

The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday Oct. 4, in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.

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This change in law has nothing to do with "running out to your car to grab your gun" and someone who thinks it does while calling others idiots is being blinded by their own bigotries.

In Indiana probably one out of every 15 citizens has a Concealed Carry Permit. A large percentage of these citizens are women who feel the need to protect themselves from would-be criminals while driving to and from work. And, thanks to the freedom loving people who founded this country and wrote our constitution they have the right to do so.

However, before this law was enacted, a citizen's employer was able to effectively revoke their employees permit by declaring that no firearms where allowed in their privately owned vehicles, locked or not. And somehow they were able to avoid legal repercussions even if one of the employees they forced to be defenseless was raped, injured or killed during their commute to or from work.

In addition to this, many Indiana citizens like to go hunting or shooting after work. In my own case, if I was doing so before this change in law I was forced to park my vehicle along a busy "big city" street instead of in a fenced and secure employee parking lot. This meant that my firearms were much more likely to be stolen and fall into criminal hands than they are now that this law has been passed.

This brings up another point, the way I'm reading the county's position, only those employees with permits will be allowed to have a firearm in their vehicle, and only after going through a virtual gun registration procedure. I'm not sure that this is in keeping with the intent of the law or if it's even legal. Few things are more wrong than when those we trust to uphold the law use their power to break it and I hope that's not the case here.

And one more thing. Those who feel that a woman found raped and strangled with her own pantyhose is somehow morally superior to a woman who saved herself with a firearm are living in a world that I don't understand.

-- Posted by bowman on Thu, Sep 9, 2010, at 5:41 PM

Bowman, the article states "The ordinance amends two sections in the handbook pertaining to the rights of employees -- who are appropriately licensed -- to bring firearms and ammunition onto county property "as long as the firearm and ammunition are locked in a glove box or trunk or stored out of plain sight in the employee's personal locked vehicle."" So since a red blooded American who has no criminal history is appropriately licensed to carry rifles and shotguns(Since no license is needed); I don't think they are meaning handguns only.

-- Posted by chasingtailoutdoors on Thu, Sep 9, 2010, at 7:57 PM

...ah yes, but effectively, GOVERNMENT employees are disarmed while on county property. Amazing how we can have laws and corporations can break them but mere citizens must follow them. Why do we put up with this unlawful behaviour?

-- Posted by TheRider on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 11:20 PM

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