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Seminole tax collectors to openly carry firearms

Post by czharry » Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:15 pm

Seminole tax collector to allow employees to openly carry firearms
Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg soon will allow his employees to openly carry firearms, particularly those workers who seize property such as desks, chairs, computers, file cabinets and phones from tax-delinquent businesses.

“When we go out and seize property, we don’t know what could happen,” Greenberg, who was elected last year after promising to “modernize” the office, said Wednesday. “I’m a big believer in the Second Amendment, and this is mainly to protect our staff, our customers, and to serve as a deterrent.”

Under the new policy, certain employees with concealed-weapons permits also will be allowed to carry a firearm openly as a security measure at branch offices. Employees handle large amounts of cash from residents, “and we don’t have any security,” he said.

Greenberg recently sent a letter to Seminole Sheriff Dennis Lemma and the seven police chiefs in the county to notify them of the policy. Greenberg pointed out that according to state law, he and his employees are considered “revenue officers” and therefore exempt from Florida’s ban on the open carrying of firearms while performing their duties.

Greenberg estimated his office will save about $350,000 a year by not hiring a private security company to accompany deputy tax collectors to seize property or staff branch offices, where scores of residents walk in daily to renew their vehicle registrations, obtain hunting or fishing licenses or apply for concealed-weapons permits.

Fifteen to 20 of his employees will be allowed to openly carry a firearm, Greenberg said. Most will be field officers who are responsible for seizing property from owners to satisfy their unpaid tangible personal property-tax bills.

“We wouldn’t force them [employees], but I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t want to,” Greenberg said. “But anybody who does come aboard is going to have the proper training. And we expect people to act extremely professionally.”

The Lake County Tax Collector’s Office for several years has hired a private firm to conduct seizures. Before then, David Jordan, who is now chief deputy tax collector, said a deputy sheriff would often accompany him to seizures at a cost of $30 per hour. That cost is passed along to the delinquent taxpayer.

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Post by FfNJGTFO » Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:50 pm

czharry wrote:Seminole tax collector to allow employees to openly carry firearms
Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg soon will allow his employees to openly carry firearms, particularly those workers who seize property such as desks, chairs, computers, file cabinets and phones from tax-delinquent businesses.
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The Lake County Tax Collector’s Office for several years has hired a private firm to conduct seizures. Before then, David Jordan, who is now chief deputy tax collector, said a deputy sheriff would often accompany him to seizures at a cost of $30 per hour. That cost is passed along to the delinquent taxpayer.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/sem ... story.html
Interesting.... After all it was a tax collector and Dog Catcher in Germany that needed the same sort of protection. So he bred a dog that would be his guardian when he went "collecting."

His name: Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann.

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Post by 870Mike » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:09 pm

Great idea! What could possibly go wrong? =:wvr
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Post by P5 guy » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:50 am

Dobermans the best bred dogs since sliced bread!
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P5 guy wrote:Dobermans the best bred dogs since sliced bread!
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Re: Seminole tax collectors to openly carry firearms

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FfNJGTFO wrote:
P5 guy wrote:Dobermans the best bred dogs since sliced bread!
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