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Social Worker Fired, Escorted Out for Simply Having a Concealed Carry Permit — NOT Even a Gun

On Friday, Storm Durham, a social worker for the city of Roanoke, Virginia, tweeted that she had been “fired” from her job, explaining, “I was fired for having a concealed carry permit. Not the gun, the permit. I was escorted by 3 city police officers bc I am a ‘safety risk to the building.’”

Durham explained the full story on her Facebook page:

I was fired today. I was fired by a Department of Virginia… Social Services the people who are supposed to be there to keep kids safe and develop families into better people for each other. I was fired today due to having a concealed carry permit. Was my gun on me? No. Has it ever been on me during my job, or visits, or anything related to work? No. When I told them that it has never been on me during work, what did they say? “How do we know that.” Search me.

Do I have a criminal record? No. Do I, (yes the 22 year old blonde who is 5’2 and about 140 pounds who loves everything Disney, pink, and basic), come across as a threat to you? If you know me I’m pretty sure you’ve never been shaking in your boots due to my vary presence.

But today, I was escorted by not one, not two, but three Roanoke City Police Officers to my office where I packed up months of thank you cards, and pictures of kids I’ve helped. I was escorted by officers who have been with me on visits where I placed a child with a relative due to risks, or when I was hugged by a child because they finally felt safe again. I was told to pack immediately and that I could not even use the bathroom to take a minute for myself because of my “serious safety concerns to the building.”

I have a concealed carry permit. I own guns. I hunt. I target shoot. I represent Women hunters and outdoorswomen. Does that make me a criminal? Does that make me a safety risk to others? A big enough safety risk to be escorted by three Roanoke City Police officers? So scary and threatening that I need to be treated like a criminal? To be humiliated and looked down upon for owning a gun? For legally having a gun, registering that gun, and having the appropriate documentation for that gun?

The Constitution of the United States of America. The one document that has followed us for years, and will continue to be the power resource of all we do as Americans. The second amendment: the right to bear arms. The Roanoke City Department of Social Services should be ashamed of themselves.

They should be publically known that they did this. That they fired a innocent, clean record, white, female, college graduate who works for a living for legally having, and owning a gun. That was NEVER on their property or in their building. A gun that was never used for evil, but as protection as I am a survivor or sexual assault. Protection for being that white, 22 year old, female. I am an American. A gun owner. And a proud sponsor of hunting across America, and I, nor my lawyers, judges, or support systems will rest until something is done. Until someone answers for punishing me and taking away my constitutional right.

Her posts describing what happened have gone viral, and she took to Facebook Live to thank everyone for the support. She explained that she’s “not looking for money out of this.”

Watch:

Posted by Storm Durham on Saturday, March 10, 2018

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Louis K Akana

    March 10, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Take the state to court and make them pay. I mean really pay.

  2. Kathy A. Gentile

    March 10, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Wow talk about a police state!

  3. tim

    March 10, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Good gravy!!….someone needs to represent this woman in a law-suit (pro bono) and sue the crap out of the city.

  4. paulette

    March 10, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    YOU MAY NOT BE AFTER MONEY BUT I WOULD SUE THE CRAP OUT OF EVERYONE INVOLVED,CONGRADULATIONS FOR BEING BOLD AND STANDING UP TO BULLIES

  5. Nola Ervin

    March 10, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Sue Roanoke County for damages and for violating your 2nd amendment rights and for firing you unlawfully. This pursecution of gun owners has to stop.

  6. Sal belardo

    March 10, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    In Florida we have cops that stay outside while kids are being murdered! The are called the, Cowards from Broward, or The Broward Cowards! I also call them murderers!

  7. joseph story

    March 10, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    LETS SEE YOU HAD GUN PERMIT NO GUN AND YOUR FIRED?I WOULD SAY YOUR RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED.YOUR NEXT STEP IS FIND AN HONEST LAWYER AND SUE THE HELL OUT OF THEM AND MAYBE THAT WILL STOP THESE JACKASSESSSSSSSSS AND LET THEM STEP IN THEIR SHIT

  8. paulette

    March 10, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    PLZ GO ON YOUTUBE TO,I LOOKED FOR YOU BUT COULDNT FIND YOU,THANKS

  9. tony

    March 11, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Time for a law suit! Don’t let this go!!

  10. Steve Rehahn

    March 11, 2018 at 4:15 am

    Sue the bastards for a ton of money. They need to hurt. Don’t keep it, if you wish-there are charities abounding in this once great country. Get the NRA involved. Take these socialists DOWN!

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