In the wake of a workplace shooting at the Center for Community Health earlier in the month, Clark County commissioners are directing their legal staff to draft a new policy allowing county employees to carry concealed weapons.
Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore on Wednesday requested that Chris Horne, the county’s chief civil deputy prosecutor, investigate what revisions could be made to the county’s workplace violence policy to allow employees to carry concealed firearms. Commissioner Steve Stuart was absent from the meeting.
The county’s current policy prohibits employees from bringing concealed firearms at work, even if they have a permit to do so. Other people, including elected officials and the public, are exempt from the policy and may bring weapons into some county buildings.
New language would address those discrepancies, the two commissioners said, and allow employees to properly defend themselves while on the job. Mielke and Madore say loosening the county’s prohibition on employees carrying concealed guns would deter future acts of workplace violence and ensure equal rights.
The policy would still prohibit concealed weapons from being brought into the courthouse, sheriff’s office and county-owned juvenile facilities.