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Ask any forest ranger, park or recreational officer that works outdoors in nature about how dangerous their job can be when confronting people with guns. I know a number of Forest Service personnel who say they have been in some pretty frightening and threatening situations and wish they were armed.

At least one local government recognizes the dangers these people face and have taken action to allow Forestry and Parks officers in their county, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The officers will have to complete a hunter’s safety course and have a concealed carry license before they will be allowed to carry their own personal firearm with them on the job.

(Burnett County Sentinel) – The Natural Resources committee met last week and approved with a single opposing vote a motion that will allow Forestry and Parks officers to carry a firearm when working in Burnett County woods.

Workers will be allowed to carry their own personal firearm if they have taken hunter’s safety and have a concealed carry permit.

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“Neither the county or our department will be buying guns,” said Forestry Administrator Jake Nichols. “Three, potentially four people could use this in the entire department.”

Nichols said the reason he is asking for his department employees to be allowed to carry a firearm is based on the rising number of bears in the county forests and also illegal drug activity.

“They will not be allowed to bring the gun into government buildings,” Nichols said.

He added that this step is being made to keep his department’s employees safe…

Now if more local and state governments would do the same for teachers and school staff, it would help to reduce the growing number of school shootings around the country. An armed defense is the best kind of defense against armed shooters and having a number of teachers and staff trained and armed at more schools will save many young lives.

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