|Recently, I was involved in what I thought a very
unusual conversation. At the last school board meeting after we had
adjourned, board member Bill Marcus asked me if I was carrying a weapon.
Being a highly trained and skilled handgun permit holder, I responded as
I was taught.
I told Mr. Marcus that one of the first things you're taught at weapons school is that you never tell anyone if you're armed. The reasoning being that if you were in a situation where someone did have bad intentions, they would likely go after anyone they knew to be armed first.
Mr. Marcus took the conversation farther reminding me that it was illegal to carry a weapon in the annex, where the board meets, per the sign on the door. He went on to say the our fellow board member, Scott Newman, was a police officer and he thought he should check me for weapons. I pointed out to Mr. Marcus that Mr. Newman was now in the back of the room and that maybe he should take that up with him. Mr. Marcus then proceeded to go to Mr. Newman. I was not privy to their conversation.
Former county mayor, Doyle Arp, had signs posted on all county buildings that prohibit carrying weapons in those buildings. But Arp's law went even farther than state law. Arp's signs say that "All persons, Packages, Purses and Briefcases are subject to search and screening." I've always been curious as to exactly who was going to do the searching and screening.
Anyway, I'm not sure if Mr. Marcus was acting on his own as a self appointed weapons policeman or if he's part of some secret weapons police organization that randomly questions people about their weapons status. According to the sign, even ladies purses and briefcases are subject to search. Not sure if Mr. Marcus checked anybody else.
I write this story as a warning to all valid handgun permit holders. Beware, you never know who the weapons police are.