San Bernardino Supervisor Calls for Arming County Employees

In the wake of the Dec. 2 shooting at the Inland Regional Center, a growing number of California lawmakers have called for even stricter gun regulations. But one San Bernardino Supervisor is bucking that trend in a bold way, calling for more law-abiding citizens—especially government employees—to arm themselves.

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood first made his case in an op-ed recently published in the Victorville Daily Press. The best way to prevent violence is to empower ordinary people, Lovingood writes. “That’s why I am advocating for a policy change to allow volunteers among the County’s workforce to be trained and authorized to carry concealed weapons and have access to weapons at County facilities. If the Board of Supervisors were to adopt this policy, these volunteers would undergo training and background requirements to obtain a concealed weapons permit issued by the Sheriff under state law as well as additional requirements.”

Under Lovinggood’s plan, the first in line would be those with prior military service who already have the training and temperament to act as first-line defenders if necessary. He is also calling for strategic placement of weapons caches at county facilities which would be secured in biometric safes equipped with fingerprint locks to prevent access to unauthorized individuals.

Read more about Lovingood’s plan here.

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