Tuesday, January 09, 2018

KY: Bowling Green Eliminates Gun Ban in City Buildings

 On 2 January, 2018, the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky finalized an action that repealed the city ban on the carrying of concealed weapons in city buildings.  The video of the Commissioners meeting can be seen here.

Commissioner Nash (sunglasses on top of head, tie, second from left) was the lone dissenting vote. From bgdailynews.com:
Bowling Green city commissioners approved in a 4-1 vote Tuesday lifting a ban on carrying concealed weapons in city buildings.

Commissioners previously voted 3-2 on Dec. 19 to eliminate the portion of a city ordinance that prohibits the carrying of concealed weapons into city buildings. With little discussion, the motion was finalized Tuesday.

When the motion was presented, Commissioner Rick Williams clarified that Kentucky law still prohibits the carrying of concealed weapons into meetings of governing bodies, such as city commission meetings.
The change was precipitated, in part, by city employees who wished to be able to protect themselves during work hours. The vote continues a trend to restore the right to bear arms in government buildings and for government employees.

Kentucky is not alone in restoring the right to be armed to public employees at work. Virginia and Georgia counties restored the right in 2016.  Local government employees have regained their rights in Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, and Texas.

Local bans are being lifted by local govenment officials, and are not state wide.
Most of the bans were imposed during the Progressive era, on the general principle of "guns are bad".

With the success of shall issue concealed carry permit laws across the nation, that trend has been discredited and reversed.   Several states have passed laws to insure that employee second amendment rights will be respected during travel to and from the job, by insuring that employees can have legally owned firearms in their vehicles on company parking lots.

Many private companies now allow or even encourage their employees to be armed.  Some of the last bastions to prohibit their employees from exercising their second amendment rights on the job have been federal, state, and local governments.

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