Firearms restrictions for Rutherford County employees questioned by gun rights advocates

Firearms restrictions for Rutherford County employees questioned by gun rights advocates

Commissioner Craig Harris opposes most county employees carrying guns at work due to liability. Commissioner Pettus Read says only trained law enforcement officers should carry guns while working Rutherford County has 1,332 employees, including 253 law enforcement officers Mt. Juliet allows city workers to carry guns to work Rutherford County should end a policy to prohibit most employees from carrying concealed firearms , resident Edward Phillips contends. "They have the right to defend themselves, and that includes a weapon if they so choose," said Phillips, a former detention officer at the county jail who now works as a supervisor for a recycling plant in La Vergne. A county ad hoc committee has examined this issue twice and held a second meeting recently after Phillips made a formal complaint about adequate public notice not being given for the first meeting. Although the Rutherford County Commission declared its jurisdiction in 2020 to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County in support of gun rights, the ad hoc committee both times stood by the existing employee policy on firearms. The county prohibits most of the 1,332 full-time government employees (not counting the school district) and about 300 part-time employees from carrying firearms while working. They can only carry guns if they are among the 253 sheriff’s deputies certified by the state’s Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission. The ad hoc committee findings will be examined by the Rutherford County Steering, Legislative & Governmental Committee during a 5:30 p.m. Monday meeting at the county […]

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