Raleigh Removing City Park Signs Banning Concealed Weapons

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Officials in Raleigh are removing park signs that ban concealed weapons, but a gun rights group says the effort doesn't go far enough.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Grass Roots North Carolina is still lobbying the city to update its signs to reflect the state law allowing concealed guns in parks.

On Monday, Raleigh parks and recreation director Diane Sauer said the incorrect signs will be removed by Wednesday. But she added that the city won't change signs that include multiple park rules and tell visitors they cannot "possess firearms or other weapons." Those signs don't distinguish between concealed or openly carried guns.

Grass Roots President Paul Valone says his members are preparing to send the mayor rolls of duct tape to cover up the controversial text.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A gun rights group is threatening to sue the city of Raleigh for not updating signs in city parks telling visitors that firearms aren't allowed.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Grass Roots North Carolina sent a letter to the Raleigh City Council this week, requesting an update. Legislation passed in 2011 allows concealed-carry permit holders to bring guns to playgrounds, greenways and college campuses.

In an email, Raleigh parks director Diane Sauer told the group it would be too expensive to replace all signs in the city's 100-plus parks, especially since the rules could change again.

City Attorney Tom McCormick said he's not familiar with the sign complaint, but he says the city won't enforce any gun rules that were struck down by the state legislature.


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