Havelock Commissioners Work To Amend Gun Law

By: Dave Jordan/Kelsie Smith
By: Dave Jordan/Kelsie Smith

In a few days a new state law will take effect allowing people with concealed gun permits to carry guns in public parks. But some towns are moving to keep guns away.

The Havelock Commissioners voted on an ordinance Monday night to keep guns away from playgrounds, swimming pools, athletic fields and athletic facilities.

In a three to two vote the commissioners voted in favor of the ordinance, but because the vote was not the super majority, the ordinance will be voted on again on December 12th. It only needs to pass then on a simple majority.

For now, come December 1st, people with concealed gun permits will be allowed to carry them in Havelock city parks.


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  • by Biker Dude on Nov 30, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    You know I was just thinking Havelock has a large population of military men and women active duty, retired, and former service members. These people have had more than just a little range time in the past 25 years they have likely seen combat duty. Wouldn't it be a real slap in the face to tell these folks they can't protect themselves here at home after they fought for the very rights these mayors and town boards want to take away. These are points to remember on election day.
  • by Biker Dude on Nov 30, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    Please contact the Havelock mayor ans see if he will send a police officer to stand guard over you everytime you go to the park. Tell him you demand to be protected due to the fact that he has denied you your right to self protection.
  • by .44 mag on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:57 PM
    Keep the umpires straight.
  • by federalstatecity on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    um i may be wrong, but doesnt federal laws trump state laws, and state laws trump city laws
  • by Biker Dude Location: warming by the fire on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    Can you please tell me one place where an anti gun law has reduced crime? Like it or not law abiding citizens are not the problem with guns in parks. Criminals will not abide by laws and will continue to carry dispite any laws passed even with 100% vote. I wish we lived in a country where there was no fear of criminals but that is far from what we have.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:01 AM in reply to Biker Dude
      Biker Dude: Ditto! No gun law will stop a criminal from getting his hands on a gun. Criminals ignore our laws, which is why we call them "criminals". Why some people refuse to accept such an obvious truth escapes me. Meanwhile, next time you're arguing with an anti-gunner, don't forget to point out the state of Vermont. Anyone of legal age with a clean record is allowed to carry concealed, no permit necessary. Since the criminals have to assume that just about all of their potential victims are armed, rather than defenseless, Vermont's violent crime rate is in the basement. THAT is MY idea of "common sense gun laws"!
  • by Mortie Location: Paradise on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:22 PM
    Obviously the citizens of Havelock have some housecleaning to do when the Mayor and certain Commissioners come up for re-election. We the people are serious about our Constitutional Rights and are tired of those that would deny us those rights.
  • by 40some on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    Gotta protect those thugs and crack dealers hangin in the park. Moron mayor.
  • by me Location: bayboro on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    From the white house down to every county level our government is run by fools.
  • by CD Location: Winterville on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    To the commissioners of Havelock think before you vote. I bet right now guns are being carried in the parks by people who are not qualified to do so. Gun free zones are always a criminals invitation to come on in and do what they want to do.
  • by Ryan Location: havelock on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    After all the work done at the state level, I never imagined our own cities would try to strip us of a privilage afforded to us by the state. After attending the meeting last night, it was apparent that 1. The constituents that showed up are in favor of concealed carry in the park. 2. The Mayor does not know or understand the laws governing concealed carry and 3. The ruling will be made based on emotion, not logic, statistics, or in light of the Constitution.
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