Concealed handguns would be barred from playgrounds, athletic facilities, swimming pools and some other areas in Mecklenburg parks under new rules considered by county commissioners on Tuesday.
Two years ago, state lawmakers approved legislation allowing people with concealed weapons permits to carry handguns in parks. But it allowed the governments to restrict the weapons in some recreational areas.
On Tuesday, commissioners tentatively agreed to bar handguns from dozens of areas within county parks.
Generally, the proposed ban would cover developed areas in county parks such as playgrounds, pools and athletic fields or facilities. Read the proposed ordinance at http://bit.ly/14qpBkW
According to the 2011 state law, people with a concealed handgun permit would still be allowed to keep the gun in the trunk, glove box or other enclosed compartment inside of a locked vehicle at park sites.
County Attorney Marvin Bethune said signs would be posted to alert people of the new restrictions. Anyone who violates the policy could face a $500 fine, according to the proposed parks ordinance.
Tuesday’s vote by commissioners is not final because the handguns measure needed approval by all board members, and Vice Chair Kim Ratliff was absent. The measure is expected to come up for a second vote later this month.
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