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Concealed carry in Rockingham Co. government buildings tabled again

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- County Commissioners tabled the discussion of whether or not concealed weapons should be allowed in government buildings at their meeting Monday night.

This is the second time the issue has been tabled in months.

In May, commissioners voted three to two against discussing the issue.

The county has more than 30 government buildings which currently ban concealed weapons.

Commissioner Mark Richardson says with uniform and undercover officers at all government buildings, public safety is not an issue.

“Safety would not be enhanced by adding concealed carry,” Richardson said.

But residents and pro-gun advocates like Dot Bush say banning concealed weapons from government buildings is a violation of the second amendment.

"No legislative government can take that right away from us," said Bush, co-founder of Will of the People, a pro-gun advocacy group.

"These buildings, we built,” Bush said. “Taxpayers pay for them. Taxpayers pay to maintain them. They're ours. We should be able to carry our weapons if we want to."

The issue will be back on the agenda in November.