Walton County employees able to conceal carry weapons
Walton County employees are joining a growing list of workers being able to conceal and carry firearms while on the job.
Commissioner Danny Glidewell said employees should be able to protect themselves, however they see fit, including with concealed weapons.
"Everyone should have the ability to protect themselves in the manner that they are most comfortable with, and if you have a conceal carry permit, that's a legal right, it's guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution and I don't think a county employee should have to give up a right to be a county employee," said Glidewell.
Many Walton County residents agree with the county's decision.
"I think if more people carried guns there'd be less shootings. You can't even go to church anymore without getting shot, you know, and these guys are putting themselves on the line, so you know, you never know what's going to happen," Terry Morgan said.
At the end of 2019, commissioners approved a resolution to make Walton County a Second Amendment sanctuary, which the League of Women Voters President Patricia Brigham said has no legal implications.
"It's very unfortunate that these local governments or local county commissions believe that we need a Second Amendment sanctuary when the Second Amendment is protected under the Constitution," said Brigham.
Brigham also says the Walton County Sheriff's Office would still have the authority to protect the law with the Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.