CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A move to ban guns from all public parks and greenways is being considered by Mecklenburg County Commissioners.
Under current law, anyone with a concealed carry permit can carry guns in those places.
Six years ago, commissioners voted to allowed concealed carry owners in parks and greenways by a five to two vote. Now a totally different board, made up entirely of Democrats, wants to revisit the idea, citing safety concerns.
“I don’t think it’s fair for anyone to have a gun in the park. I think it ought to be a safe space. Everybody wants to feel comfortable in the park," said Mecklenburg County Commissioner George Dunlap.
Even if commissioners do want to change the law, another law by state legislators, also in 2013, limits local municipalities authority to do so.
Dunlap said the issue is far from a vote, but it’s something the board is sure to examine in the near future.
"It seems like it’s reserved for a special group of people. And if gun safety is really the issue, then it's something worth looking at,” he said.