Laurel Co. Judge Executive clears up confusion about proposed ordinance

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

A proposed ordinance in Laurel County would ban people from carrying concealed weapons in any county building.

In downtown London, there is a county courthouse, a judicial center and several other buildings owned by Laurel County.

It is already illegal to carry concealed weapons in those buildings, but this county ordinance would enable the county to enforce that law.

"The KRS enforces in the state buildings, and we were told that we need to enact an ordinance to enforce the conceal carrying inside the county owned buildings," said Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield.

Westerfield says this ordinance will also allow them to put up a sign in front of all buildings as a reminder that guns and other weapons are not allowed.

"Hopefully by posting these signs, if people do have these guns, people will take the gun back to their vehicle," said Westerfield.

There has been some confusion about the ordinance.

"There is rumors about county roads, homes, things like that, and it does not pertain to any of that," said Westerfield.

He says this is just a precautionary measure.

"We just want to enforce what's already there. We want to protect our people and not allow anyone to carry a gun in our facilities," said Westerfield.

A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for January 26th.

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