Trimble County officials are taking a closer look at a weapons ordinance that passed a first reading at the court's last meeting.

The court was supposed to have had the second reading on the ordinance at the Fiscal Court meeting Monday, but Judge-Executive Randy Stevens thought the pending ordinance should be given additional thought.

The need for the weapons ordinance was brought to the court's attention when a loophole in Kentucky's concealed-weapons law was pointed out. Part of that law says that weapons cannot be taken into a building solely occupied by a court of justice.

The Trimble County Courthouse is also home to the offices of the sheriff and the county clerk. This would allow people to openly carry weapons into the Courthouse.

Through the course of two meetings and discussions between county attorney Perry Arnold and Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad, the Fiscal Court members approved what they considered to be a good ordinance.

The ordinance would outlaw carrying a weapon into any county-owned building or onto any property the county owns, including the county park.

The court has been treading lightly thus far. The Second Amendment is a hot-button issue for many people, and Stevens knows there will be "highly-motivated people" who will fight the legislation through intense discussion and possible litigation over the ordinance's constitutionality.

"We can pass an ordinance outlawing concealed-carry in county-owned property. Any more, it'll be tested," Stevens said.

Arnold said the county can only be included in a lawsuit if the constitutionality of the law is called into question. The county itself would be immune from liability suits for wrongful death or personal injury if someone opened fire in the Courthouse.

Deputy Rich Knighten told the Fiscal Court he's seen intimidation of people who work in the Courthouse. The Courthouse, he said, is also the place where emergency protective orders are filled out.

"There's a propensity for violence to get out of hand here if someone's carrying a weapon," Knighten said.

Though no official action was taken at the meeting, it seemed clear that an ordinance would be necessary for the Courthouse.

The major problem will be enforcing it and making sure weapons stay out of the Courthouse.

"They'll still carry in the building until they learn the court will be looking for it," Magistrate Kirby Melvin said.

The future of the weapons ordinance is likely to be decided at the Fiscal Court's next meeting, which will be June 20.