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NC gun rights group pushes back on local rules

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By TOM BREEN
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A fight is brewing over where people with concealed weapons permits can carry guns when they're in public parks in some North Carolina cities.

A law that took effect this month prohibits cities from banning guns in parks. But it allows them to prohibit people from carrying guns to specific recreation facilities like athletic fields and swimming pools.

Grass Roots North Carolina, a gun rights advocacy group, says some cities are passing ordinances that stretch those definitions in a bid to sidestep the new law. The group is recruiting plaintiffs for potential litigation.

But North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, a group that's been working to get the ordinances passed, says cities are acting within the boundaries of the law.

Both sides expect the matter to be settled in court.

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

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