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Morrisville bans guns in parks

Posted August 28, 2012

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— The Morrisville Town Council voted Tuesday to prohibit concealed handguns in several local parks and recreational facilities.

The General Assembly last year expanded the rights of people to carry concealed weapons, but lawmakers gave local officials the option of preventing weapons in parks.

“There has been considerable thought put into this," Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe said in a statement. "This isn’t about stereotyping anyone; this is about public safety. Most concealed-carry owners are law abiding, well-trained individuals who adhere to the laws. All this ordinance will do is lower the risk that someone will make a mistake they can’t take back.”

Handguns are now forbidden at Morrisville Community Park, the Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center, Shiloh Park, Cedar Fork Community Center, Crabtree Creek Nature Park and the Indian Creek Greenway trailhead.

Morrisville Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Allen said that signs will be posted to indicate where concealed weapons are now restricted.

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  • FPV02 Aug 30, 2012

    Unfortunately, this article is inaccurate. Pursuant to enactment of House Bill 650, a/k/a/ "Session Law 2011-268," effective Dec. 1, 2011 a local government may not ban guns in whole parks, but only within narrowly defined recreational facilities within those parks.

    The Morrisville ordinance bans lawfully carried concealed handguns only within the recreational facilities within the listed parks and greenways, not the entirety of the parks.

    While our position is that municipalities should simply repeal the old ban and replace it with nothing, the Morrisville ordinance at least appears to comply with state law. Now we will see how they go about posting signage.

    Paul Valone
    President, Grass Roots North Carolina
    www.GRNC.org

  • james27613 Aug 29, 2012

    Too bad the rapists, robbers, gang member wanna-bees and
    career criminals will not obey this foolish law.

    Most concealed-carry owners are law abiding, well-trained individuals who adhere to the laws. All this ordinance will do is lower the risk that someone will make a mistake they can’t take back.”

  • ripetomatoes Aug 29, 2012

    "Any people willing to sacrifice freedom for safety deserves neither."
    February 17, 1775 Memoirs of the life and writings of Benjamin Franklin (1818)

  • esquire Aug 29, 2012

    "The General Assembly last year expanded the rights of people to carry concealed weapons, but lawmakers gave local officials the option of preventing weapons in parks."

    Read section 14-415.23 more carefully. Tell us where it says "parks." Give up? That's right, because that word was deleted from the previous version.

  • SmokeWagon Aug 29, 2012

    Just install signs that say: Criminals welcome...no force of anykind will be used against a perpetrator, if you have a firearm you may use it without fear of injury to yourself...we have unarmed our law abiding citizens...!!

    "Any people willing to sacrifice freedom for safety deserves neither."

  • Tax Man Aug 29, 2012

    I used to like to go to Morrisville, but now I guess I cannot since I cannot take my concealed gun and the bad guys still get to have theirs. Morrisville now needs to post big huge signs at all the places they are violating our constitutional rights that say "NO HONEST LAW ABIDING CITIZENS MAY BRING THEIR GUNS HERE FOR SELF DEFENSE BUT ALL YOU LOW LIFE FELONS CAN STILL BRING YOUR ILLEGAL GUNS AND COMMIT YOUR ROBBERIES, RAPES, ASSAULTS AND MURDERS HERE BECAUSE YOU DON'T OBEY OUR LAWS ANYWAY" - good show Morrisville - create gun free zones for law abiding citizens and then tell the criminals no one is allowed to protect themselves here in our parks so you all come down here to commit your crimes! Where do these people get their ideas?

  • unblankenbelievable Aug 29, 2012

    There has been considerable thought put into this," Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe said in a statement. "This isn’t about stereotyping anyone; this is about public safety.

    Yeah, real brilliant move! now the only ones with guns in the parks will be the criminals. How you going to feel when an innocent person gets shot mayor. You people making all these well thought out laws need to wise up!

  • workingforthosethatwont Aug 29, 2012

    WOW! I HOPE SOMEONE TOLD THE CRIMINALS THEIR GUNS ARE AGAINST THE LAW TO!

  • ripetomatoes Aug 29, 2012

    I was raised to respect firearms. I know how to use one and am comfortable with a firearm in the open or concealed. I follow the rules.
    Some people fear firearms. Unfortunately, they influence the rules I have to follow.
    We can work our way through your paranoia about my rights as long as you don't forget my right to bear arms is the most important in the Constitution. It's the amendment that makes the other nine in the Bill of Rights possible. Ben Franklin said it best. "Any people willing to sacrifice freedom for safety deserves neither."

  • trianglerelic Aug 29, 2012

    Awesome, so this means that Morrisville is now reponsible for my personal safety while at those parks. If I get mugged, or harrased in any way, I'll sue the town of Morrisville and will get paid. Just like residents in Florida did when businesses posted NO GUNS signs, yet took no extra precautions to protect it's customers. One of which was mugged in the parking log and was paid a nice sum money. You can rest assured that the criminal element WILL bring guns to these parks. Morrisville has so kindly guaranteed that if they do, I and others will get paid....

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