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Reacting to a new law going into effect later this month, Columbiana-Metropolitan Housing Authority Wednesday changed policy, which will allow some employees to bring firearms to work with them.

Senate Bill 199 goes into effect March 21, allowing active military personnel to carry firearms without a concealed carry permit, according to CMHA executive Bernie Bennett, who said that, buried within the law is a provision addressing government entities such as the housing authority.

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Bennett said public employers will no longer be allowed to prohibit employees with concealed carry permits from bringing weapons onto the premises. He said, however, the law does still allow employers to require such licensed employees to leave their weapons in their personal vehicle while on duty.

The discussion prompted board member Judy Fannin to question, “What’s our definition of a concealed weapon?” with Bennett saying, “That has never been clearly defined.”

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