by Jeremy Moule
A Democratic proposal to strengthen a gun ban in county buildings was voted down by a County Legislature committee last night. The vote was 3 to 2 along party lines — Republicans opposed, Democrats in favor.
Members of the public are not allowed to bring guns into buildings owned or leased by Monroe County. But there's an exception: anyone with a permit to carry a concealed gun is allowed to bring the gun into county buildings. (Law enforcement officials are excluded from the ban.)
The Democrats' legislation would have eliminated the concealed carry permit exception.
A press release from the Democrats says that they can still call for a vote on the bill during the March 12 meeting of the full Legislature. It is unclear if they actually will.