The mayor of Morrisvile is calling on the town staff to review a new gun law.
As of Oct. 1, permit holders are allowed to carry a concealed weapon onto playgrounds, local greenways, and playing fields. Under the new law, concealed weapons are not allowed during specific times on sports field where a town-sponsored event is taking place.
Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe says there is no similar restriction for public playgrounds. She said families no longer feel safe, and she wants to do something about it.
“Accidents happen, and families know they happen. And they would like for us to lessen the risk so that their children can play safely on playgrounds,” Holcombe said.
Holcombe has asked Morrisville staff for a review.
“I think that’s what’s appropriate is if there’s a compromise here to look for it, because families are concerned. There’s no doubt about it,” Holcombe said.
Some council members don’t agree with the request. Council member Mark Stohlman says the town has a duty to protect the rights of permit holders now that the state law is in effect.
“These are law-abiding citizens. They have a valid concealed permit. I think everyone has the right to be in parks,” Stohlman said.
Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe is—to put it mildly—full of it.
Normal, mentally-well-adjusted public servants and citizens don’t obsess over lawful concealed carry in city parks or anywhere else. They frankly give the subject of concealed carry little to no thought at all, as lawful concealed carriers in North Carolina are more law-abiding than your average citizen.
As one of the commenters noted, the most pressing problem in Morrisville is traffic. Maybe Holcombe would do a better job addressing congestion on the roads if she spent less time wasting taxpayer dollars attempting to subvert state gun laws.