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Open carry goes only so far in government buildings

Texas gun owners with a concealed handgun license have been able to openly carry in Parker County for a little more than two weeks now - and by all accounts - with little fanfare.

To make sure it stays that way, and as a matter of a little “county housekeeping,” the Parker County Commissioner’s approved Monday, an order relating to where firearms may be carried in Parker County governmental buildings - provided person(s) have a license to carry.

In a document presented to the commissioners on Jan. 11, Judge Mark Riley offered a couple of options handed down by the Texas Attorney General’s office providing guidance. They were suggestions in which firearms could be carried in buildings housing courts, and the “essential offices of the court,” and where they could not be carried.

Areas where firearms cannot be carried are:

▪ 1. District Courts Building -117 Fort Worth Hwy.

A. 43rd District Court-Courtroom, Judge’s Chambers, Jury room, Court Reporter’s office and Staff offices

B. 415th District Court-Courtroom, Judge’s Chambers, Jury room, Court Reporter’s office and and Staff offices

C. District Clerk Offices

▪ 2. Community Supervision Corrections Department (CSCD)-1675 Fort Worth Hwy.

A. Entire Building

▪ 3. Juvenile Probation-110 Throckmorton Street

A. Entire Building

▪ 4. Courthouse-1 Courthouse Square

A. County Court-at-Law 2 Courtroom, Judge’s Chambers, Jury room, Court Reporter’s office and Staff offices

B. County Clerk Offices

C. Commissioners Court Meeting Room-when Court is in session.

▪ 5. Annex-1112 Santa Fe Drive

A. JP 3-Courtroom, Judge’s Chambers, and Staff offices

B. County Court-at-Law 1-Courtroom, Judge’s Chambers, Jury room, Court Reporter’s office and Staff offices

C. County Clerk-Criminal Court Division

D. Probate Clerk

▪ 6. Springtown Annex-1020 E. Hwy 199 East

A. JP 1-Courtroom, Judge’s Chambers, and Staff offices

▪ 7. County Building-207 Fort Worth Hwy

A. JP 2-Courtroom, Judge’s Chambers, and Staff offices

▪ 8. Willow Park Annex-5189 E. I-20 Service Road N.

A. JP 4-Courtroom, Judge’s Chambers and Staff offices.

In other business commissioners heard a report on traffic volume at the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway and I-20. The report showed traffic volume continuing to increase to an average of near 10,000 vehicles a day, a 1 percent increase over the previous month, on the road which was built through the 2008 Parker County Transportation Bond Program.

Commissioners also approved Texas Historical Commission Emergency Grant Application cost estimating proposal from Premier Metal Werks.

▪ Accepted bond for Kirk Martin, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4.

▪ Approved replacing a vacant full time position in Building and Grounds with two part time employee’s for the janitorial staff.

▪ Authorized Purchasing Agent to advertise for RFQ PC 16-15 for an architect to evaluate space needs at county owned property.

▪ Approved downgrading vacated Captain position to a patrol deputy and increase deputies assigned to the Fugitive/Extradition to Task Force Investigators and increase the salary of the courier position using the excess salary funds.

▪ Approved order for the disposition by cremation of a pauper and payment to White’s Funeral Home.

Public Information Officer Joel Kertok contributed to this report.

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