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Borough Assembly to consider ordinance allowing workers to carry guns

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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 12:00 am

FAIRBANKS — In the next two weeks, the Borough Assembly will consider an ordinance that would bar the borough from restricting employees from carrying firearms while on the job.

Assemblyman Lance Roberts, who introduced the ordinance Thursday, said he aims to lift a current restriction against employees carrying guns to make the workplace safer.

“I want the borough building to be safer,” he said.

Roberts pointed to recent shootings that occurred in gun-free zones like schools and movie theaters.

“Gun-free zones are the most unsafe place in America,” he said. “That’s a commonly stated thing after all the incidents that happened in gun-free zones.”

The borough doesn’t post signs barring the public from carrying firearms, and during the 2011 election it was noted that Assemblyman Michael Dukes frequently carries a firearm to meetings.

Roberts said he hasn’t carried openly, but declined to say if he regularly carries concealed firearms to the

meetings.

The borough is barred from creating any law that restricts residents’ rights to carry guns, but it can prevent its employees, as can any employer.

“I want borough employees to be able to carry firearms,” he said. “I think it’s their right as an American and as an Alaskan. As long as they follow the rules, I think it will be just fine.”

The assembly will hold a work session on the issue on Thursday.

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544 and follow him on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

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