Community members voice their opinions on guns in county buildings

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – With the latest attacks in Paris, many people are talking about gun control here in the United States. On Monday, Pitt County Commissioners will discuss the county employee study on carrying firearms in county buildings. WNCT talked to community members on their opinions.

“I don’t believe there should be more guns in public spaces,” said Dani Lechner.

“It’s just a safety measure, a personal protection,” explained community member Christopher Manay.

Despite recent events, the opinions are still mixed about gun-free zones in the east.

Lechner said, “There are too many more additional opportunities for violence and more people to get hurt and I don’t think they are very helpful.”

“You just feel safe. You feel more comfortable if a situation a rises that you have to be put in the situation where you have to defend yourselves,” said Manay.

After the tragedy in Paris, many people say their worried about their safety. Earlier this month, Pitt County Commissioners voted against an ordinance that would allow citizens to carry firearms in county buildings, without consent from Sheriff Neil Elks.

County Chairman Glen Webb, who also serves as a Greenville Police Detective, has been outspoken about allowing guns so citizens are able to protect themselves

“People are doing things all over the world that are sick and despicable and the places. They do it and the places they target are places where people are going to be defenseless against whatever they are bringing with them,” Webb said.

Some agree with Webb.

“It’s like driving a car and not wearing a seat belt, you never know what is going to happen, “explained Manay.

Others disagree, arguing that more guns would translate to more violence.

“How would you know who to shoot, a civilian who doesn’t have that kind of knowledge know who to pick out of a crowd and they could end up hurting an innocent person,” Lechner said.

WNCT reached out to the rest of the board. A majority says they are waiting to see the results of a county study before commenting on the issue. The commission will discuss the study Monday at their regularly scheduled meeting.

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