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    Posted: Apr 13 2018 at 10:42am


Mr. Hickman asked Chief Buchanan about the concealed carry for members of Council. Chief
Buchanan referred the matter to the Law Director. Mr. Hickman asked Mr. Callahan if Council
members that had a concealed carry permit could carry during Council meetings. Mr. Clark and
Mrs. McElfresh were not opposed to that. Mr. Callahan will provide Council with his opinion by
the next meeting.

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council
March 27, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio
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Not only for council meetings for council members only. Anyone attending a council meeting should be able to carry. Let’s have a even playing field.
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Chief Buchanan is in the council meetings. I would assume he is carrying a weapon. Why would Chief Buchanan defer to the Law Director? How many guns do we need at a council meeting? Hickman,Clark, and McElfresh should rethink this proposal. The voice of the Monroe people will likely not be heard due to intimidation.
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The proposal is for council members only. If the City Manager is wanting the general public or his employees to carry concealed at the city building then he would need to write legislation up and we would then need to vote on it. Right now it has not been determined if it possible to carry during Council meetings. Also the police chief is not at every meeting. He is only there when he has something to present to council.
We had a meeting about six weeks ago that had three officers there because of something that was said in court before our meeting. My thoughts were why do we only have one SRO for the entire school system and we have three officers here for seven members of council. I believe if the school board can vote to allow teachers to carry concealed at school then why couldn’t council vote to allow those council members who have a CCW permit carry during meetings.
If schools start allowing teachers to carry guns at school that doesn’t mean the general public can carry guns into schools and that would be the same at the city building if it is determined that council can carry during meetings. It would also need to be voted on by council before council could carry during meetings. If it goes through it really doesn’t mean that council will be carrying but it gives them the option to carry without being arrested.
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Wait. I get it. Its kinda like when the Hollywood stars, and the musicians and Washington elite tell the rest of us that guns are bad...while all the while they are surrounded by armed guards. 

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IMO, This is a VERY bad idea.
If there is serious concern for the safety of members of council then install metal detectors.
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Originally posted by Doc Doc wrote:

IMO, This is a VERY bad idea.
If there is serious concern for the safety of members of council then install metal detectors.

Not sure you would be against council members exercising their second amendment rights. Metal detectors would be expensive. Knowing council is carrying would be a much greater deterrent especially if warning signs were posted on the door:

"Council Members are allowed to conceal carry."


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You've never been in Executive Session.
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Good point.
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What year is this? Video conferencing, podcast , Skype, etc. No need to ensure personal safety for anyone. No need for metal detectors, police officers.
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Nothing ever happens in Executive Session other than discussion/debate on the reason we went into Executive Session. There will be legislation written and voted on at our next meeting regarding concealed carry.
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