Police Chiefs Wary, But Will Enforce New Concealed Guns Law

North Carolina law enforcement leaders say they'll enforce looser concealed handgun laws, but some police chiefs have doubts about the Legislature's idea.

The state Senate is considering legislation to allow people with concealed handgun permits to carry them in public parks and restaurants that serve alcohol, though they still couldn't touch booze. The bill has cleared the House.

Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine says he's uneasy about the proposal because guns and alcohol don't mix.

Jacksonville Police Chief Michael Yaniero says the vast majority of concealed-carry permit holders aren't a problem, but he worries that someone who's been drinking could start something and get guns involved.

The North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police likes that local officials can continue to bar guns from playing fields and swimming pools.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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