Brevard County Commission Votes 5-0 To Allow Licensed Employees To Carry Guns at Work
By Space Coast Daily // April 25, 2018
'Your rights shouldn't stop because you're coming to work'
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brevard County Commissioners voted 5-0 during a commission meeting on Tuesday to allow county employees with a concealed firearms permit to carry a weapon while at work.
The new policy, which takes effect immediately, reversed a previous commission decision. Now, a county employee may have a handgun or other weapon such as a taser while at work, but must retain control of the weapon at all times and keep it concealed. The weapon may not be left in an unoccupied county vehicle.
Brevard County Commissioner John Tobia made the proposal to change the policy to allow county employees to have guns on the job.
“I have faith in our county employees to act responsibly,” Tobia said.
The new concealed firearm carry rules apply to the county’s 2,200 employees but do not include the offices of the clerk of courts, tax collector, supervisor of elections, property appraiser or Brevard Public Schools employees.
Firearms will not be permitted in Brevard County courts houses, county commission meetings, the jail or polling places.
County Commission Vice Chairperson Kristine Isnardi said she was in full support of the policy change.
“Your rights shouldn’t stop because you’re coming to work,” said Isnardi.
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