The change will make the allowance both for council members and the public.
On Tuesday, the council is scheduled to discuss a proposed ordinance and striking the "ban on weapons and items resembling weapons" from their rules.
They could vote as soon as the next week to make the change, becoming perhaps only the second
A quote from the city's insurance consultant put the annual price of additional insurance for "deadly weapons protection" at
If the city was named in a lawsuit related to concealed weapons in the city building -- where they are otherwise prohibited -- "
While suggesting the insurance would be wise from a risk-management standpoint, Yurick also acknowledged it was unknown how such legal action would come out.
"There's literally zero law on this in
Currently signs outside the
The plan is to alter the signs to indicate those with conceal-carry permits can bring their guns to meetings, but not at any other time the building is open.
Yurick said he would base the city ordinance on one already passed in
The council also rejected scheduling a police officer or security for the meeting, in part to avoid added cost and in part out of conviction they could handle it themselves.
Assigning a police officer, who would be paid overtime, would cost an estimated
Yurick also acknowledged the policy wouldn't cover every potential liability created by a council member or someone in the audience at a meeting.
"It may come in handy," said Yurick, formerly a partner in a large law firm. "I don't know how much it is going to come in handy."
Five of seven council members have indicated support for the changes.
She expressed concern this would enable irresponsible gun owners who think themselves "lone rangers." Instead, she suggested Police Chief
Wyatt also suggested the change would be unfair, since it wouldn't include other city workers during hours when concealed weapons would still be prohibited.
"It's not selfish to want to protect yourself," said Councilwoman
Monroe, owner of a gun shop outside town, said the self-insured city had sufficient coverage.
"We should take advantage of that. We're not
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