Winston-Salem latest taking stand on guns in parks


WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — North Carolina communities are considering whether they want to allow or ban concealed handguns in local parks before a new state law takes effect.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Tuesday that the city council voted to bar legally carried hidden handguns from parks with playgrounds, swimming pools or athletics fields. That will keep permit-holders out of 52 of Winston-Salem’s 69 parks.

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The General Assembly approved a law that takes effect next month that prevents local governments from banning concealed weapons in public parks, except for those with playgrounds, pools and athletic fields.

Gaston County last month voted to allow people with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns to public parks. Forsyth County officials also are looking at a new gun ordinance.

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