Concealed Carry Resolution

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Resolution to request NC General Assembly to amend G.S. 14-269, specifically to allow elected public officials of Cherokee County, NC, with concealed carry permits, while on official business, to carry concealed weapons in government offices, official meeting rooms, and hallways but not in courtrooms, inside and in the areas around government buildings that contain courtrooms, government offices, and meeting rooms under a single roof

Whereas

  1. S. 14‑269.4 sets out regulations concerning “weapons on certain state property and in courthouses”, and
  2. Many counties, especially smaller ones, have multi-purpose government buildings that contain courtrooms, government offices, and meeting rooms under one roof, and
  3. Government offices and meeting rooms provide direct and open contact between members of the public and elected officials, and
  4. Elected officials such as county commissioners, town council members, and mayors, etc. who are in contact with the general public as part of their official duties are potentially at risk for bodily harm, and
  5. S. 14-269.4 specifies exemptions to these regulations by allowing certain government officials, elected and appointed, with concealed carry permits to be armed in courthouse buildings, and
  6. Those exempt individuals include judges, district attorneys, assistant district attorneys, investigators, clerks of court, registrars of deeds, magistrates, and, as expected, law enforcement personnel, and
  7. Elected officials such as county commissioners, town council members, mayors, etc. also serve the public and have value as public servants and human beings no less than those exempt individuals listed above, and
  8. Elected officials such as county commissioners, town council members, mayors, etc. deserve the same rights of self-defense and protection from harm as those exempt individuals listed above,

Be it therefore resolved:

The Commissioners of Cherokee County, North Carolina, ask the General Assembly to amend G.S. 14-269.4 to allow the elected public officials of Cherokee County, North Carolina, with a valid concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun and/or weapon, while on official business, in government buildings that contain, under a single roof, government offices, meeting rooms, courtrooms, and hallways provided that the official has a valid concealed handgun permit issued in accordance with Article 54B of this Chapter or considered valid under G.S. 14-415.24; provided that the person shall not carry a concealed weapon at any time while in a courtroom or while consuming alcohol or an unlawful controlled substance or while alcohol or an unlawful controlled substance remains in the person’s body.

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Dan Eichenbaum, Chairman
Cherokee County Commission

The Sheriff of Cherokee County, NC agrees that the above request is reasonable and acceptable.

 

Derrick Palmer
Derrick Palmer, Sheriff
Cherokee County, NC
Scott Lindsay
R. Scott Lindsay
Asst. Clerk to the Board