Social Worker Fired For Having Conceal Carry Permit

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Looking through Storm Durham’s Instagram pictures, and you see a 5’2″ blond girl who loves pink, Disney, flowers… and fishing, bow hunting and her new Ruger.

And now the social worker from Virginia is reaching out on social media for support after she was fired for her concealed carry permit.

Storm Durham posted on her Facebook page yesterday that she was fired by the Social Services Department of Virginia where she worked to “keep kids safe and develop families into better people for each other” for having a concealed carry permit.

She did not have her gun on her, and she states that she had never brought it with her during any of her job duties including visits to clients. She doesn’t have a criminal record.

When she was fired, she asked whether they knew that she had never brought her gun with her to work and they responded with “How do we know that?” She was then directed to leave immediately, without even being given leave to use the bathroom first to have a minute to herself because she posed a “serious safety concern” to the building.

” 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.”

In her social media post, she cited the Constitution and said that the Roanoke City Department of Social Services ought to be ashamed of firing her as an “innocent, clean record, white, female, college graduate who works for a living for legally having, and owning a gun.” She went on to say that she was a survivor of a sexual assault, and loves hunting, and that she will be getting the law back on her side to fight this.

Twitter Follow Up

the post on Facebook quickly gained traction, and so did her posts on Twitter:

Furthermore, she provided a story that she had already been hauled into her boss’ office asking if she felt safe at home, or if she is experiencing domestic violence (DV) because they learned that she had guns at home.

She now seems to be in touch with many right wing outlets and supporters, and she is currently looking into the cost of hiring a lawyer to help her out.

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More Information

As Storm continued to speak with media, more details have come up. She reports that she called her boss out on “discrimination” and for “treating [her] like a criminal” for her concealed carry permit.

As for the tweet about domestic violence, she was shocked at the meeting two months ago because she said “there have always been guns in my home since [she] was a little kid.”

When asked about whether her boss was right to fire her, she said:

“I think it’s definitely illegal.”

Previously, she had been dinged by her department for other small violations, like missing work due to a broken leg and for wearing loafers on the wrong day.

Concealed Carry Law In Virginia

In the state of Virginia, anyone over the age of 21 may apply for concealed carry for a five-year concealed carry permit to carry a handgun.

A permit for concealed carry is not required in several situations, including if you are in your own “place of business” or if you are an active or retired police officer. Concealed carry is also allowed for hunters faced with weather that will damage their firearms or if you keep a handgun stashed in the glove compartment in your far.

There are some exceptions to the rules. For example, U.S. mail carriers and some employees with state owned correctional facilities may not carry concealed.

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Concealed Carry Success Stories

Here at Joe For America we like to cover any reports of a Good Guy With A Gun stopping crime. In Arlington, Texas, a thug pulled out a gun and shot and killed a manager at a local sports bar. Another patron at the bar with his wife decided to use his own gun “fearing there would be another loss of life” if the thug wasn’t stopped. So, the Texas man told his wife: “Get down,” then stood up shot the thug who later died of his wounds.

Sources: Virginia State Police, Thundastorm on Instagram, BigLeaguePolitics

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  1. Bruce Pestell says

    Isn’t this a case of the government of Roanoke violating this woman’s civil rights? You know the ones that “shall not be infringed”?

  2. madmemere says

    Sounds like Roanoke Children’s Services Dept. is run by a bunch of mentally damaged liberal dingbats; sue them out of existence and put Ms. Storm in charge – -she has more brains and common sense than any of them.

  3. Marlene Langert says

    For sixteen years I facilitated bereavement groups. One of my coworkers during some of those years was a lady who was a social worker. Her daughter, who also became a case worker volunteered to go to the client of another social worker who could not make it at that time. The client killed the daughter. It is my opinion and very strongly, that social workers going to a client at home alone should be allowed to carry a gun in her purse or his pocket,completely out of sight, but available.

  4. Dianna says

    how did department she worked for know she had guns in her home and she had concealed carry permit? seems to me like some one was trying to get rid of her. she definitely needs a good lawyer. People have got to start standing up for their rights and stop letting government take control over every aspect of our lives. Lord help us JESUS! this lady I’m sure went into some places that were dangerous and she needed to protect herself. Wake up America!

  5. Jesse says

    I say sue each and every person who fired her for $100 Trillion plus allcourt cost and legal fees. This will insure that she has her pick of Lawyers and those she is suinvwon’t have any.

  6. Ai Marvin says

    Why did the police agree to remove you for not breaking any law ?

  7. M Covault says

    This is actually a federal issue because the actions were unconstitutional. Where’s the DOJ in this? I suspect the NRA might help too.

  8. Mindy says

    The story needs follow up , it needs verification. If the story is true then some heads need to be axed , those who engaged in what is nothing less then oppression and tyranny. This nation has past the point of restoring it’s freedoms peacefully, it’s far too late for that. All levels of gov and the judicial system have failed , all are guilty of sedition and tyranny. While there are individuals withing gov and the judicial system who fight to restore American freedom , the institutions as a whole are corrupt, evil and work to gain absolute power. War has already begun in this nation and will ultimately explode into a physical war, not a political war. I pray I’m wrong but don’t believe I am. God will not have mercy on a nation that has and continues to torture, butcher and murder millions of infants.

  9. Stan says

    The NRA needs to pick this up !!!!!!!!! Wish you Luck Storm & bring the storm down on Roanoke CSS .

  10. William McPherson says

    If someone will set up a GoFundMe page (I don’t know how), I would be more than willing to contribute to this beautiful young ladies fund and i am on a fixed income.

  11. Tim says

    This is why I joined the NRA as a life member. What an insult to our founders, who we recognize as mostly from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Grew up farming and had to protect our livestock from wild Red Foxes and was taught to safely use a firearm. Dare they take that away.

  12. BILL "Z" ZEROMSKI says

    Come on Lawyers,step up and help this beautiful woman that was unjustly fired for her constitutional right(2nd Amendment).Somebody in that office should get a wake up call that you can’t just fire somebody w/o cause,sounds very discriminatory.The NLRB needs to be brought in here and get this person their job back with back pay for time lost and compensation for this grave injustice.We wish you well Storm and hope and pray that all works out positively for you.Keep us posted to your outcome,God Bless.

    1. Rattlerjake says

      The “boss” needs to be fired IMMEDIATELY and lose ALL benefits this is a deliberate violation of the woman’s CONSTITUTIONAL and unalienable rights. This is also an example of how the background check and illegal CCW permit system is misused!

  13. Frank Toth says


    I hope you sue them for all you can,and get reinstated to your job.This is without question a breach of your rights!!
    You did not have the gun with you!,so what is there PROBLEM!!

    Just as an aside I am writing this below so you can use it whenever someone hassles you
    about your gun.

    The thing for gun control groups to do is,forget gun control,and start criminal control!!
    Lockem up!
    If that don`t work,hangem up!
    Quit trying to convict the tool,and instead CONVICT THE FOOL!!!

    Just so you know where I am coming from,I was taught safety with a handgun and a rifle at age 7
    and I think that it should be the duty of every parent to teach there child the ropes at an early age so
    they will respect the TOOL!,after all you have the 2nd amendment,and I don`t!

    I live in Canada,and we do not have anything like a Constitution,which we all thought we had for the last 150yrs.,what we have is a defacto document,that was never ratified by us for us!
    If you are interested in seeing a video talk with a friend of mine,a researcher,his name is Doug Force,and he
    will fill you in why we do not have a Constitution like what you have,and a 2nd amendment.It is very sad that this is what is happening in our country,and we are fighting to get this info out to the masses.
    you at least have the 2nd

    Check out the Myth is Canada on youtube,

    I am with you all the way on this,as the left are doing everything they can to turn your great country into a communist dictatorship.

    Frank Toth

    ISOGFT Say it fast!,it sounds like it`s a gift,I STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE,and yes,Canada is a gift
    and we need to fight for her.

  14. Herb Wild says

    She should be given a Medal for her service ! I went to work for D.S.S. in New York State after 3 Tours in Vietnam. Hate to say it but I felt much more threatened going into some of the projects than I did in the War zone. Good luck with your fight against stupidity !

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  15. nancy says

    Looks like a case of discrimination to me. As an assault survivor and with the job she does, she probably goes into some very dicey neighborhoods, I don’t blame her one bit for wanting a C.C. permit. It makes a woman feel much safer to know that she can protect herself. I’m all for it. She needs a really good lawyer.

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