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Oxford says some city employees now allowed to carry gun while on job

Some Oxford city employees can now bring their handguns to work, if they follow specific requirements.

Posted: May. 16, 2018 7:13 PM
Updated: May. 16, 2018 7:38 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Some Oxford city employees can now bring their handguns to work, if they follow specific requirements.

The decision stemmed from the city updating its employee handbook. The city's leaders consulted the Attorney General's Office to determine what the city is legally allowed to do as a municipality in regards to weapons.

"Possession or use of a firearm, illegal knife as defined by Mississippi law, explosive, and other prohibited weapons of any kind, while on city owned, leased, or controlled property, or while operating city owned, leased, or controlled vehicles is prohibited, unless the employee, is a duly authorized law enforcement official, or unless they are otherwise authorized, according to state law with an approved Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit," the city stated.

In a statement from the City of Oxford, those employees with an enhanced concealed carry permit must register with the Human Resources prior to possessing their weapon on city property. They must also be approved by their department head as part of the employee's uniform.

People in the city had mixed reactions on the new option.

"I mean you have to protect yourself. This world is crazy out here," said Derrick Chandler, who supports the option. "People are dying every day, killing every day. I don't blame them."

"I think there's too much of a possibility that other people can get hurt, get into a disagreement, and have the firearm right there," added Joann Mardis, who does not support the option. "I'm just not in favor of it."

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