ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) –The Otero County commission made a move last night that has a lot of people in Alamogordo talking.
“We did not allow our employees to bring fire arms onto county property and so we had to change that,” said Susan Flores, Otero County Commission chair.
Commissioners unanimously voted to remove a section of the county’s personnel policy that did not allow county employees to carry guns in the workplace.
Commissioners say that their decision upholds county employee’s 2nd amendment right to bear arms
“By taking out that section our employees are now the same as every citizen as able to take a firearm onto our county property,” said Flores
Both open carry and concealed carry with a permit will now be allowed to county employees.
They will still not be able to bring weapons to places where any other citizen could not such as the county courthouse, federal buildings or a school.
Some Alamogordo residents are in support and don’t see any reason why employees shouldn’t be able to carry firearms.
Others think it’s unnecessary
“I just think, no, no guns, I don’t think guns should be anywhere,” Lala Aragon, Alamogordo resident.
The Otero County Commission also discussed a training session to educate employees on workplace violence. They discussed holding a class to educate workers on what to do in that situation.