January 21, 2022

Columbia, Missouri: Library Board Approves Policy Allowing Employees to Carry Weapons

From The Missourian:

Library employees with valid concealed carry permits may bring weapons to work after the Daniel Boone Regional Library Board of Trustees unanimously approved the policy change Thursday. .

The board passed the policy after motioning to add a reference to the Missouri law that required the change, which took effect Jan. 1. The revised policy will loosen previous regulations that did not permit employees to carry firearms onto library property. Violation of the former policy may have resulted in immediate termination.


Except for those carrying a weapon as a requirement of the job, the decision to have a gun at the library would be the employee’s personal choice. In addition, only the library director could ask employees whether they are carrying a gun or to provide evidence of a permit. All information would remain confidential.

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See Also: Library Board to Consider Policy Allowing Employees to Carry Weapons (June 12, 2017)

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