At parks across Mecklenburg County, the prohibition on guns is clearly spelled out. But on some park land, concealed weapons may soon be allowed.
Gretchen Hunter knew nothing about it until Eyewitness News told her.
“That's not something I think about a lot, but I would be scared,” she said.
Tuesday night, county commissioners will vote on changing park regulations to comply with state law that prohibits concealed weapons on park playgrounds, athletic fields, pools and buildings, but does allow them in many open areas.
“Along our greenways, trails throughout the park, open areas that are not athletic fields,” said Park Operations Director Jeff Robinson.
Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour said allowing permitted guns there makes sense to him.
“The person you have to worry about having a gun in their pocket is not the person with a concealed carry permit. They are above and beyond law-abiding citizens,” he said.
In fact, Ridenhour wants even fewer restrictions on concealed weapons on park land.
Still, it's a hot-button issue that leaves different people with different opinions.
“I don’t have a problem with people having weapons at all,” Carolyn Hansen said.
“I just don’t really know why someone would need a concealed weapon on the greenway,” Guyla Varnell said.