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Supervisors request clarification from Chief Judge on courthouse gun ban issue

Supervisors request clarification from Chief Judge on courthouse gun ban issue

The debate over banning weapons in the Woodbury County courthouse has taken another twist.

There's been a lot of controversy over the issue.

First, the supervisors voted to let anyone with the proper permit bring guns into county buildings.

Then the Iowa Supreme Court banned them and last week the chief of the third judicial district issued his own ban.

At today's Board of Supervisor's meeting, both sides of the argument agreed there needs to be more clarification.

Chief Judge's order states law enforcement officers aren't allowed to carry weapons or wear their uniform in the courthouse when conducting personal matters.

Board Matthew Ung says it appears there's now a consensus on the issue.

"Fortunately, I think we had a consensus here tonight between our staff that law enforcement is never off duty. Indeed, they've saved lives before, they contribute to the public safety even when they're not wearing their uniform," said Ung.

Both sides feel the Chief Judge's order needs to clarify what a personal matter is.

That clarification from Chief Judge Hoffmeyer will come at a security committee meeting Friday, August 25th.

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