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Houston Co. commissioners extend open carry ban to probation building

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
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CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

The Houston County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to extend the ban on open and concealed carry to include the building that houses the adult probation center.

"I want to extend it to this building because it houses several court offices," said Houston County Judge Erin Ford.

The county had previously voted last December to put a ban on open carry at buildings with courtrooms.

"This could not be the last change we make to our stance," Ford's assistant Jan Pigford said. "Since it is still new to us we are waiting for more information from the Texas Association of Counties on what else we can do."

The county also made changes to their policy involving county employees. The changes are listed below:

  • Any employee who possesses a “License to Carry”  permit must provide their department head with  a current copy of  license.
  • Any employee who possesses a current “License to Carry” permit that is in a county-owned vehicle or on duty or representing Houston County may not “open carry” their handgun at anytime or they will be subject to discipline.
  • This policy does not apply to those exempt under statute.
  • Bringing a firearm or illegal weapon on County property where prohibited by state law.

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