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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • City employees not allowed to carry concealed firearms

  • While the city of Leavenworth will begin to allow members of the public to carry concealed firearms in municipal buildings, employees won't be able to carry weapons, at least while they're working.
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  • While the city of Leavenworth will begin to allow members of the public to carry concealed firearms in municipal buildings, employees won't be able to carry weapons, at least while they're working.
    This week, Leavenworth city commissioners approved an addition to a workplace violence policy which prohibits city employees from having weapons at work even if they have concealed carry permits.
    The prohibition against weapons does not apply to police officers.
    Human Resources Director Lona Lanter said the policy revision was recommended in light of the commission's decision to allow members of the public to carry concealed firearms in city-owned buildings.
    Commissioners voted Dec. 10 to allow people to carry concealed firearms into public buildings beginning Jan. 1 to comply with a state law. The law requires cities and counties allow concealed firearms into public buildings unless adequate security measures are in place. The law applies only in cases in which people have permits to carry concealed firearms.
    The revision to the workplace violence policy was approved Tuesday.
    Commissioner Larry Dedeke clarified that the policy doesn't apply when employees are off duty.
    The policy revision provides examples of weapons that are prohibited for employees. One of the examples is "any chemical whose purpose is to cause harm to another person."
    Dedeke questioned whether this would include mace and pepper spray. He said some women carry these items in their purses.
    City Manager Scott Miller said language could be added to allow exceptions for mace and pepper spray.
    Commissioner Lisa Weakley suggested the language should state that mace and pepper spray are permitted when they're carried for personal protection.
    "I don't have a problem with that," Miller said.
    Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Preisinger asked about also allowing Tasers or stun guns.
    "Do we have an issue with those?" Preisinger asked.
    "I do," Miller said.
    Lanter said, in her opinion, Tasers would not be allowed under the revised policy.
    Preisinger said Tasers and stun guns basically serve the same purpose as mace and pepper spray.
    "I'm just troubled if we allow one but we don't allow the other," he said.
    Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said image was the issue.
    He said mace and pepper spray canisters can be carried on keychains or in purses, but Tasers are larger.
    Kitchens questioned whether the community wants to see city employees carrying Tasers or stun guns on their belts.
    "I think the image is different," he said.
    Commissioners adopted the policy with the inclusion of language that allows employees to carry mace and pepper spray for personal protection. Language was not added to allow Tasers and stun guns.
    Page 2 of 2 - The vote was 4-0. Mayor Laura Janas Gasbarre was absent.

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