- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The city of Davenport is changing a policy to allow elected officials to carry weapons on city-owned property if they have state permits.

But city employees, excluding police, will still be required to receive approval from the city administrator, the Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/1sW9uHQ ).

In 2011, Iowa passed its concealed-carry law. A Davenport rule written in 2000 said city officials and employees had to get the city administrator’s written permission to carry weapons on city-owned property.

Alderman Bill Edmond, a former City Council liaison to the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, often attended the commission’s monthly meetings with a gun. Some concerned commissioners recently asked to be allowed to ban guns from their meetings at City Hall, but were told they didn’t have to authority to do so.

Edmond said he is licensed to carry a concealed weapon. He was replaced by another liaison last week, but said it was because of political differences with commissioners and not the gun policy.

He also said he informed Davenport’s city administrator, Craig Malin, that he was carrying a weapon shortly after the state passed the concealed-carry law.

Malin said he has “no idea who is or is not availing themselves of the ability to legally carry a concealed weapon” when asked if he gave Edmond his written consent. Malin said city policy can’t take away a legal right.

He said that it was the consensus of city department officials that employees should not be permitted to carry.

Edmond said city workers do not face the same risk of violence as elected officials.

In Bettendorf, Police Chief Phil Redington said anyone with a state permit to carry a concealed weapon is allowed to do so on public property.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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