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Mt. Juliet city employees can now conceal carry while on the job

Posted at 11:53 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 12:53:22-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mt. Juliet city employees can carry a concealed gun on the job, but they must have a valid carry permit to take it to work.

However, this does not override state law. Employees can't carry guns into state buildings that don't allow weapons.

According to Commissioner Art Giles, Mt. Juliet has about 135 city employees already authorized to carry who are not police officers. This includes city and planning commissioners and the judge.

The city does not encourage employees to carry but allows it. If any employee or citizen is intimidated by someone with a gun, then they must file a report with the city manager. Giles explains what intimidation is in this case.

"If someone has a concealed weapon and they move, or something and someone sees it back here that's not to intimidate," said Art Giles. "If someone did this and says I'm carrying that's intimidation."

Once the complaint is filed, the person with the gun is the one who has to prove the intimidation was not on purpose. If it was intentional, the employee could lose their job, and it could be referred to the police department depending on the case.