Ozark allows city attorney to carry gun at meetings

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | 9:53 a.m. CST

OZARK — The Ozark Board of Aldermen has approved a resolution to allow the city attorney to carry a city-issued concealed weapon during its meetings.

City administrator Steve Childers says the vote Monday was part of an effort to improve security at public places.

State law allows council members and aldermen to carry a weapon in public meetings, but a city ordinance had allowed only law enforcement officers to carry a weapon into a courtroom or a council meeting.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the new resolution allows the city attorney to carry a weapon if he or she obtains a permit and passes proficiency tests at least twice a year.

Current City Attorney David Collignon is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who qualified more than 30 times in 27 years of service.


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