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Dougherty county officials discuss gun safety

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DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

 Dougherty County officials don't want employees bringing guns to work. But a new state law will allow guns in many government buildings. Unless the county beefs up security.

County employees may not be able to carry handguns or other weapons in any government buildings. County officials say they are in favor of the proposed resolution. 

Dougherty County leaders are trying to figure out how to handle the state's new gun law that goes into effect next month.

 "This is basically forcing all local governments in Georgia by House Bill 60 to make a declaration," said Richard Crowdis, county administrator.

 Today, Dougherty County Commissioners discussed a proposed resolution in response to the bill.

"Make resolutions to prohibit their employees from bringing weapons to the job," said Crowdis,

If the resolution is passed by commissioners, all Dougherty County employees working in a government building, can't bring their handgun or other weapons inside. The only exception is law enforcement officials. 

 Commissioners and the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office are working on providing extra security measures for the government center and Central Square to comply with the new state law.

"The access to the building has to be limited and security measure has to be in place," said Col. Mark Shirley, Dougherty. Sheriff's Office.

The proposed resolution doesn't only include bringing guns in the workplace.

"Also in county vehicles. If they are working in county vehicles they can't have a weapon in a county vehicle," said Crowdis.

Commissioners will take a final vote on the resolution at their meeting Monday, June 9

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