Cherokee County, NC becomes the latest to allow employees to carry concealed

Cherokee County, NC, just became much safer for county workers who can now carry concealed to work:

Cherokee County leaders are taking North Carolina’s expansion of gun rights a step further by allowing legal concealed weapons in most all county offices.

Anyone, including county employees, may carry a concealed handgun with the proper permit.

Guns are still prohibited inside the courthouse, schools and the jail, said David Wood, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

But in offices ranging from the social services to the tax appraiser, they will be allowed, he said.

Wood said the five-member board decided in December to repeal the county’s 1995 ban on carrying a gun inside government buildings after the state expanded the right to carry in places such as bars and at parks.

“It’s a big deal when it comes to Second Amendment rights and county commissioners don’t have any business doing legislation at a local level with such important issues,” he said.


Cherokee County isn’t the first county in NC to allow employees to carry, and likely won’t be the last.

Surprising no one, Gail Neely, the bitter old shrew at the helm of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, thinks that the policy change is a horrible idea. Here’s Neely’s response to the policy change.

“It would be just as likely for someone to overpower me and take my gun and use it against me,” she said. “And it would hinder the relationship. It doesn’t say I am here to help, let’s sit down and talk.”

Yes, it is likely that Neely would have her gun used against her (if she owned one), because she has no sense of self-preservation. She is a natural victim, and it is her right to be abused, injured, or even killed without fighting back. It is not her right to impose her cowardice upon others who would seek out training, acquire a firearm, and defend the lives of themselves and others.

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