OREGON COUNTY -- People entering the Oregon County Courthouse at Alton who have concealed firearms permits will no longer be allowed to bring those firearms into the building. Oregon County Commissioners Leo Warren, Buddy Wright and John Wrenfrow adopted a county ordinance last week that prohibits firearms not only in the courthouse, but in all county building including all public libraries, the health department and Shelter Workshop.
The ordinance was attested by Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley.
The ordinance states that signs will be posted at each entrance of the building, stating that carrying of a firearm is prohibited. The commissioners said the ordinance will not apply to buildings used for public housing by private persons, highway rest areas, firing ranges or private dwellings owned, leased or controlled by the county, unless for law enforcement or correctional purposes because these officers carry firearms. The commissioners said anyone violating this ordinance may be denied entrance to the building and ordered to leave. They said any employee in violation of the ordinance may be disciplined