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Council Amends Guns In City Parks Ordinance

Concealed handguns will now be allowed on playgrounds in Asheville.  At Tuesday night's city council meeting, members voted to amend an ordinance that prohibits concealed and carry permit holders from bringing their firearms to all city parks.

Members say they had to go against their beliefs on the issue because they had to comply with state legislation passed earlier this year. The ordinance now allows permit holders can have their guns on playgrounds, green-ways, bike trails and athletic fields that do not have a scheduled event taking place.

Following the vote, Mayor-Elect Esther Manheimer introduced a resolution opposing the new legislation. She says Asheville is one of many cities in the state that are fighting back and she hopes the opposition will entice lawmakers to revisit the issue.

The city plans to put up signs to let people know where concealed handguns will and will not be allowed.


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