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NC gun-rights group sues Winston-Salem over policy

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) -- A statewide gun-rights group is claiming the city of Winston-Salem is violating its Second Amendment rights through an ordinance banning concealed handguns in many of its city parks.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Rights Watch International filed a lawsuit Jan. 8 in Forsyth County Superior Court on behalf of three Winston-Salem residents and a High Point resident who works in Winston-Salem.

The lawsuit also alleges that the ordinance adopted by the Winston-Salem City Council in November 2011 is illegal under state law and is too vague, resulting in confusion among Winston-Salem residents.

Named as defendants are the city, the city's recreation and parks department, Mayor Allen Joines and city's recreation and parks director Tim Grant. Neither Joines nor City Attorney Angela Carmon was available for comment Tuesday.

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