The Safe Carry Protection Act that expanded gun carry rights in the state could prove problematic for local governments.
HB 60, which incorporated parts of the failed HB 875 into its language, was signed into law last month. And while its provisions allow guns in bars and even in churches — those that expressly permit members of their flock to carry — it could become a burden on local governments and how they run their meetings.
“That bill is very broad,” said assistant county attorney Elizabeth Pavlis, “and there are going to be a lot of questions. There has been a lot of discussion among county attorneys.”
As it’s read, there’s now the prospect of governments having to check your guns at the door with a Peace Officer Standards and Training-certified law enforcement officer.
Weapons would be still barred at courthouses. But having to add security at government buildings during business hours would mean an extra expense for local entities.