Debate over Travis County employees open carrying

Entry at Travis County Commissioners Court (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)
Entry at Travis County Commissioners Court (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)

TRAVIS COUNTY (KXAN) — For many years, there has been a policy in place stating Travis County employees cannot bring deadly weapons to the work place; with the exception of security officers, peace officers and corrections officers.

Now with the new open carry law in place — Judge Sarah Eckhardt says employees still cannot bring them in, but the people they serve can.

At Tuesday’s County Commissioners meeting, the court will hear from Travis County staff and elected officials about the new policy, as well as county lawyers discussing what options are available for public servants and the people they are serving.

In a press conference Monday, Judge Eckhardt noted she has some major concerns about the open carry legislation.

“I don’t think it was well thought through by the Texas Legislature. It’s having some really unfortunate, and I think, unmindful, results as we are implementing it,” Eckhardt said. “After the incident where a disturbed man shot at the consulate and the Austin Police Department and had on his list our tax office as a next hit. After Judge Kocurek was shot in her driveway, we must be mindful about safety in our workplace.”

The county recently wrapped up a survey of its employees to see what they think about the new law and what should be allowed or not.

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