Bedford County to allow employees to carry concealed weapons

BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Bedford County employees can now bring guns to work if they have a concealed carry permit.

The board of supervisors voted unanimously to take the restriction out of the employee handbook.

As a treasurer for Bedford County, Rebecca Jones said she deals with a lot of people and their money and if someone snapped there wasn't a way to fight back before.

County attorney Patrick Skelley said it was previously a restriction in the employee handbook that is now taken out.

"It really brings the employees of the county to the public," said Skelley. "The public has no prohibition and it would be illegal for the county to prohibit exercising their second amendment rights on county property."

The county attorney told us they will not keep track of how many employees have their concealed carry permit.

In addition, the county attorney took a look at possible issues before the meeting Monday night. The county's insurance premiums will not be affected and liability issues could happen with or without a restriction.

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