CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - UPDATE April 20: The Cross County Quorum Court approved concealed carry for elected officials and full-time employees at the courthouse.
The court approved the resolution at their meeting Monday night.
All employees and officials must first meet requirements to carry a firearm which includes having a concealed carry license, taking an active shooter's class through the sheriff's department and registering with the security committee at the courthouse.
The Cross County Judge is hoping the quorum court will agree for courthouse employees to be able to have their concealed carry weapons with them.
Donnie Sanders said a resolution regarding conceal and carry in the courthouse was brought up in February's quorum court meeting.
He said it would allow full-time employees working in the courthouse to carry their weapons under certain guidelines.
They would be required to have a state-issued concealed carry permit and complete active shooter training at the sheriff's office.
Sanders said over the past 40 years, there have been more than 199 arsons, bombings, and shootings in courthouses throughout the country.
He said because the December incident on Arkansas State University campus happened so close to home, it opened their eyes to this idea.
"These incidents are happening in all venues," Sanders said. "You just never know where it's going to happen. We just felt like it was time to address it."
Sanders said the quorum court tabled the resolution in February.
He said they will present it as an ordinance at the March meeting.
Sanders is hopeful they will make a decision next month.
"I'm confident in our quorum court members," Sanders said. "Whatever they decide to do is what we will do."
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