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Firefighters have been easy targets lately in an around Atlanta. Their cars parked at fire stations have been broken into or stolen fairly regularly. Guns owned by firefighters have been among the items taken by thieves. One Georgia fire chief wants to prevent this by allowing firefighters to store unloaded weapons inside the firehouse.
Morrow Fire Chief Roger Swint presented the policy to Morrow City Council on April 25. It would allow firefighters with a valid gun permit to bring a handgun into the station — without ammo — and it would then be secured in the firefighters’ lockers.
The proposal comes weeks after a firefighter’s car was stolen from a station in that town. Days later, a gun was stolen from another firefighter’s car.
“Again as deterrence to deter these criminals from taking advantage of our troops when they’re at work – and also if it happens again to try to give us some advantage to bringing them to justice,” Shivers said.