Mar 18, 2014 8:13 PM
Guns: Many use them to kill people, but one city councilman begs to differ.
He says they are an essential tool in protecting oneself from outside harm, and now, he's trying to convince the council to let city employees carry them.
"The world isn't safe, you never know what can happen."
Redding City Councilman Patrick Jones is getting ready for a heated debate tonight -- the kind that involves guns.
"There's an inconsistency that needs to be adjusted."
Jones says if non-city workers can carry a concealed weapon on city property, so should city workers.
"A couple of city employees approached me and had concerns that they would like -- they've seen criminal activity increase lately."
It's an issue of equality for Jones, who carries a concealed weapon himself.
He says city workers, much like law-abiding citizens, should have the right to defend themselves if their lives are on the line.
"It's not going to change a thing. It's going to allow a few city workers who are properly permitted to carry a concealed weapon just like other citizens have been doing."
Councilman Jones didn't confer with Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti, saying most police chiefs aren't fans of concealed-carry gun laws.
In fact, a source from the Redding Police Department told me the police chief isn't making any comments until after tonight's meeting.
"It doesn't seem like police are well-meaning, and their budget isn't allowing for them to do as much as they want."
That's one reason Rick Gasper came to Jones' Fort to apply for a gun permit.
"People have changed, society has changed."
Gasper says he'd like to see more city workers, including school teachers carry concealed weapons.
Councilman Jones is hoping to get that same reaction from members tonight.
Jones is adamant that citizens who have gun permits are law-abiding, and that law enforcement has nothing to worry about.
"Shasta County has about 5,000 people with gun permits; this is not a cowboy state or county."
Tonight the city council will hear Jones' argument and decide if they'll move forward with his plan.