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Lee commissioners reinstate concealed weapons ban for public buildings

Posted December 2, 2014

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— A change in the makeup of the Lee County Board of Commissioners has led to the repeal of a measure allowing people with valid permits to bring concealed handguns into county buildings.

The Republican-controlled board voted in October to lift the county's ban on concealed weapons in public buildings. The change was to go into effect Jan. 1 but wouldn't have applied to area schools, the county courthouse, law enforcement agencies or any building also housing state or federal offices.

After the Nov. 4 election, Democrats gained the majority on the Board of Commissioners, and they voted Monday to reverse the earlier vote.

Four other North Carolina counties – Alamance, Cherokee, Henderson and Rowan counties – allow people with conceal carry permits to take handguns into county buildings.

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  • Bill of Rights Dec 3, 2014

    I hope these Lee County Democrat commissioners enjoy their one term in office. Working so hard to usurp the freedoms of law-abiding citizens does not bode well for this group.

  • ajstevens0439 Dec 3, 2014

    On Monday December 1st, 2014 the new Democrat Majority Lee County Commission could hardly wait to be sworn in to conduct their first official meeting at a time inconvenient to attend (10:00 AM) by citizens with full time jobs and right after a long holiday weekend, to boot!
    No Public Hearing was scheduled, nor advance notice posted of their first contentious decision (although it passed unanimously with a 5-0 vote, the two Republican Commissioners dutifully at work and therefore absent from the proceedings) to once again arbitrarily and capriciously deny lawful citizens the privilege of entering their public buildings with a concealed firearm.
    Mind you, at least four representatives of the community spoke in advance, during the Comments from the Floor, not to do this and not take from citizens a lawful right. Mind you, NO one spoke from the floor in support of the Commissioners’ cowardly and dastardly act, either. Deal with dangerous people, but don't hamstring lawful citizens.

  • Greg Tarpley Dec 3, 2014
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    What I find ironic is that concealed handgun permit owners are somehow to be trusted in some places but not in others. Some people have this notion that a person who legally carries a gun with them will suddenly snap and start shooting people when they cross some imaginary boundary (school property line, county buildings, parks, et al). It's irrational and their fears are proven to be baseless.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Dec 2, 2014

    Bravo Lee County commissioners!

    Signed,

    The People