A city playground;
A public park;
A hiking trail in State or National Forests;
A crowded bar*;
A quiet restaurant*;
A public recreation area;
A summer festival;
A carnival or county/State fair;
A funeral procession;
A Fourth of July parade;
A protest rally;
What do all these places have in common? They are some of the places you may legally carry a concealed weapon in North Carolina with the newly passed legislation from our General Assembly. You may also bring a gun onto public school property or government parking lots, but you must store it in a locked car.
*Bar and restaurant owners can prohibit guns in their establishments with prominently displayed signs.
Schools may use armed volunteers as safety officers to patrol their schools. There are no specifics for required training.
The new gun legislation is likely to be signed into law by our governor who so far has danced with the ones who
Our General Assembly has been hard at work this session, working late into the night with hastily called votes to ensure passage. Voice votes in committees have been challenged but over-ruled by the chairs who refused to honor requests for a vote count. Bills severely limiting women's health services are added to a motorcycle law. Large contributors have been given plum jobs and the voices of the people are being hushed. More than 900 people have been arrested for peaceful and lawful protest in Raleigh and the good ol' boys are determined to control their "little ladies" health.
The next time you complain that your congress is doing nothing---take a look at what the NC General Assembly has done this year. Sometimes you get what you asked for and it is uglier than you imagined.