Plan allowing Mt.Juliet city workers to carry guns questioned
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -
Mt. Juliet city workers carrying guns at work appeared far from a done deal Thursday.
The measure passed the first of two required readings Monday by a 4-1 vote, but the idea could be scuttled if the city's insurer says it will raise rates or not provide some coverage if the ordinance passes.
Commissioner James Bradshaw, who was the lone no vote at Monday's Mt. Juliet Commission meeting, told News 2 that he's running the proposed ordinance by the city's insurer.
"They may not cover that," he said. "I hope to be hearing something from the insurer soon."
The measure would allow Mt. Juliet's 120 city employees to have a weapon in the workplace if they have a properly registered carry permit that would be filed with the city.
While saying he's supportive of 2nd Amendment rights, Commissioner Bradshaw told News 2 that, "we don't need city workers totin' guns all over the place."
His view is 180 degrees from Commissioner Art Giles who is sponsoring the proposed ordinance.
Giles cited the recent shootings at a Pennsylvania town meeting as a key reason why commissioners, along with city employees, should have the option of being armed with the proper permits.
His view was shared by Mt. Juliet resident Lynne Faucet who told News 2 "I think it's a good idea because good people with guns keep away the bad people with guns."
City worker Dan Harrison, however, was not so sure saying, "I have heard pros and cons about it, but I need to learn more about it."
Vice-Mayor James Maness who voted for the proposed ordinance on Monday acknowledged the insurance issue brought up fellow Commissioner Bradshaw, but told News 2, "We will make something out of this on second reading that we can be happy with, and know exactly the ramifications of our actions."
The second and final reading of the proposed ordinance is scheduled for a vote on August 26 before the Mt. Juliet Commission.