Benton County Officials Back Concealed Carry Law

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BENTON COUNTY (AP) — Justices of the peace in Benton County have advanced a proposal to allow some individuals to conceal carry handguns in some county buildings.

The AP reports that the Quorum Court voted almost unanimously Thursday (July 26) to advance the Benton County ordinance for a final required reading before it can be law.

The ordinance would allow elected officials and some employees to have concealed handguns in some buildings where possession isn’t prohibited by federal or state laws. County employees must have the enhanced concealed carry permit to have handguns in the allowed areas.

Susan Angling was the lone dissenting vote, saying she’s concerned about the county’s potential liability should there be an incident involving an employee.

The court will consider the ordinance at its final reading Aug. 23

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