Alaska Borough Considers Allowing Armed Employees

Fairbanks North Star Borough employees would be allowed to carry firearms on the job under an ordinance under consideration by the borough assembly.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- Fairbanks North Star Borough employees would be allowed to carry firearms on the job under an ordinance under consideration by the borough assembly.


Assemblyman Lance Roberts proposed the ordinance and says it's a matter of safety. He says the current gun ban leaves employees unable to defend themselves


Mayor Luke Hopkins is strongly opposed to armed employees. Hopkins says it's not what he wants in the borough workplace.


Borough human resources manager Sallie Stuvek says the measure would increase liability and insurance rates.


The proposed ordinance will be considered at an assembly meeting Thursday night.


The Fairbanks North Star Borough is a local government that covers 7,361 square miles and has 82,840 residents. It's similar to a county government in other states.