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Columbia Co. Supervisors pull resolution allowing them to carry guns

HUDSON -- Columbia County Supervisors were set to vote on a resolution allowing them to carry pistols in county buildings, but pulled it just before Wednesday’s meeting began.

Board of Supervisors Chair Patrick Grattan said both parties caucused independently before the meeting and decided the resolution wasn’t needed.

“Generally when something is pulled its permanent but somebody could ask to reintroduce but that doesn’t usually happen,” explained Grattan.

Some county employees were at the meeting in hopes of amending the resolution to allow all county employees who are certified and trained to carry a pistol, but they didn’t get an opportunity to speak.

“I have no idea why it would be good for one person and not the other,” said Trish Cutler, Columbia County’s Pistol Permit Clerk. “There are times when I close the office and there's a lot of crime in this area and I do not feel safe without my gun. I do carry, but unfortunately I’m not allowed to carry at work.”

Gratton didn’t say if there were times when elected officials have needed to carry a weapon, but said there were times when they may have carried one in a previous job. He declined to say how he would have voted on this resolution.

“I had a lot of opinions before the caucus,” said Gratton. “But I’m going to defer to what the caucus decided.”

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