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Missaukee County Commission changes gun possession rules for county employees

Commissioners approved a new workplace violence policy late last year.

MISSAUKEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Employees of Missaukee County are seeing a change in rules when it comes to having a weapon or gun on county owned property.

Commissioners approved a new workplace violence policy late last year. Part of that said county employees were not allowed to have weapons or firearms inside the workplace, in county vehicles, or on county land.

On Tuesday at their meeting they agreed to amend that to let them have a weapon or firearm, as long as it is in their vehicle, legally possessed illegally, it’s stored out of site, and the vehicle is locked.

Last week they turned down a chance to change the rule, but Tuesday some commissioners changed their minds.

"It’s unfair to employees to put them in that position, when in reality, anyone else from the public can have a gun or a weapon in their vehicle,” said Missaukee County Chairman Frank Vanderwal. “They can’t have them in the buildings but they can even carry on county property and to make it so, just because an employee can’t because they are an employee just didn’t seem fair to me.”

There are exceptions for law enforcement.

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