Concealed Guns Allowed In NC Parks Law Gets Mixed Reaction

In just a couple of months a new state law goes into effect that will allow people with permits to carry concealed handguns to do so in parks.

It's a change supporters say will help protect people from those wanting to do harm, but others are worried about the safety of their children in parks, saying the guns could be pulled out to quickly or go off accidentally.

Greenville City Council members say there are some notable restrictions to the new law. Guns won't be allowed in "recreational facilities" like playgrounds, athletic fields or pools, but they will be allowed on greenways, trails and campgrounds. Councilwoman Marion Blackburn says she's upset by the law because it takes away the right of cities to decide what's best for their population.

"The legislature basically gave us less authority than a private property owner. In other words, you have places where you're going to expect lots of people - parks, shopping malls. A shopping mall owner can prohibit a concealed weapon in that shopping center. And yet we as a city can not prohibit concealed weapons in our parks," said Blackburn.

Others told us they like the law, because people who intend to harm others in parks with guns will have guns on them whether they're allowed to or not.


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