ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico city is about to allow its employees to carry guns on city property. It might be a controversial idea in a lot of places, but the Roswell City Council overwhelmingly went for the plan.
There was a major turnout at Thursday night’s city council meeting. While the vote was 9-1 in favor of allowing city employees to carry concealed weapons on city property, some people were a little more split on the idea.
The question was whether or not city employees should have the right to conceal carry on city grounds.
“We are not making anyone do anything, we are just giving people the opportunity to choose for themselves whether they would like the ability to feel safe and protect themselves,” said City Councilor Jason Perry.
Perry brought up the idea of carrying concealed weapons on city property at a committee meeting last month, following the shooting spree at the Clovis library that killed two city employees.
Thursday night, it was brought before the full council to vote on, and only one councilor rejected the proposal.
“I think it leads to the opportunity to have more bad situations and so I don’t support this,” said City Councilor Juan Oropesa.
The proposal passed 9-1, which means everyone from city councilors and the chamber of commerce to city construction crews, can now tote guns on the job with a concealed carry permit.
“They’ll have to bring that here and they’ll have to prove to management that they do have the concealed carry permit then the determination will be made if they will be able to carry or not,” Councilor Perry explained.
People in Roswell have mixed opinions on the change.
“I think it’s a reaction to what happened in Las Vegas and that’s unfortunate. For a community that claims it’s so faith based, it’s more focused on the second amendment than the second commandment,” said a Roswell resident.
“Them being able to carry a weapon is going to prevent someone coming in during a mass shooting knowing that there’s a possibility that someone is armed,” said Roswell resident Jennifer Hughes.
The city manager has the final determination on whether or not an employee can carry a concealed weapon. Currently, no city employees have turned in paperwork to carry a concealed weapon on city property.