MIAMI COUNTY — At their meeting Tuesday morning, the Miami County Commissioners approved purchases and discussed upcoming changes to Ohio’s concealed carry laws.
The commissioners discussed changes to Ohio’s concealed carry law with Human Resources Director Tammie Hoover.
A bill signed last December by Gov. John Kasich lifts the ban on concealed carry at universities, day cares, in school safety zones and some public buildings, and allows those establishments to adopt policies allowing people to carry guns.
Businesses and schools can continue to post signage forbidding firearms onsite, and guns will still be forbidden in courthouses, police stations, and the Statehouse. The law prohibits employers from banning permit holders from keeping guns locked in their cars while at work.
The law takes effect March 21.
The county has revised its policy on concealed carry weapons for employees to reflect the changes to the Ohio Revised Code, Hoover said.
“Other counties are going the same way we are — still not allowing employees to carry onsite; however, we do have to allow them to have, if they’re concealed carry, to have (guns) locked in their cars while they are at work,” Hoover said.
Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien pointed out that not all elected officials adopt the county’s personnel policy manual, but noted that the commissioners are in charge of buildings and grounds. He questioned whether the commissioners should pass a resolution that applies this concealed carry policy to all county-owned buildings and grounds.
The board also approved the purchase of a replacement ice machine for the Safety Building Basement break area at a cost of $6,387, as well as CourtView software for the Clerk of Court’s office.
The commissioners approved the annual drainage ditch spray program, which controls vegetation along county-maintained drainage ditches, at a cost of $13,000.
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