Chico councilman packin’ heat

Yes, Nickell was armed, but that’s not why he was “locked and loaded”

An attendee at the last Chico City Council meeting was surprised to see Tom Nickell (pictured) carrying a gun. What she found “weird” became eerie when the councilman said he was “locked and loaded” over a proposal.

Nickell confirmed he indeed had a firearm, inconspicuously stowed in his fanny pack. He’s a CHP officer whose retirement doesn’t become official until July—so not only is he permitted to be armed, he said, he’s still considered active law enforcement.

As for the lock-and-load remark, it’s an expression commonly used on police shooting ranges, and he meant it only to convey readiness.