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A request for metal detectors because of Brian Berger

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Commissioners Dawson, Wolfe and Berger at a recent meeting. Commissioners Dawson, Wolfe and Berger at a recent meeting.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – County leaders are upping security measures because of one elected leader.

Sheriff's deputies will swipe every person and every bag with a metal detector wand before agenda briefs and other major meetings, according to Woody White, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

White said the increased security is a direct response to the behavior of his fellow commissioner Brian Berger.

"It's not a coincidence," White said Monday afternoon.

The chairman said he's waiting for a response from the Sheriff, but he does not expect the request to be an issue. The other three county commissioners agree with the effort, according to White.

Concealed Carry Permit

The chairman said Berger's behavior led him to make a second request involving the Sheriff's Office.

White said a tip about Berger owning a gun with a Concealed Carry Permit gave him some concern.

"I worry about something happening with him all the time," he said.

He asked county staff to research if his fellow commissioner has any paperwork to legally own a handgun. Berger does not, according to what White has learned.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office confirmed that it is still in possession of firearms belonging to Berger.

Police in Wilmington seized a rifle responding to Berger's house in 2011. He surrounded any other guns or ammo to the Sheriff's Office later that year because of a restraining order from his ex-girlfriend.

The recent calls for Berger to resign started Friday with White, followed by a censure from the NHC GOP.

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