Charlotte city lawyers tweaked the proposed rules for protestors.
They have been trying to come up with tougher laws for protestors because of Occupy Charlotte and, maybe more importantly, the Democratic National Convention. But it's caused some bad blood between the city and the public.
City attorney Bob Hagemann said citizens raised legitimate concerns at the recent public hearing and that the city responded accordingly.
The new draft looks a lot like the old draft, but there are two main changes.
According to the old rules, protesters could not bring weapons, body armor, gas masks, backpacks, or even padlocks or magic markers to any protest, festival, or parade. Now, they will not be able to bring them to any "extraordinary event."
That means the DNC and maybe Fourth of July and New Year's.
Second, if a protester is caught with one of those items, the new ordinance dictates protesters may be cleared of any wrongdoing if they can prove they had a legitimate reason for having it.
Under the old rules, there was no defense.
Scottie Wingfield still feels the list of prohibited items is unreasonable. Also, she doesn't want police trying to figure out why you have a padlock or a marker.
“We're asking police officers-- we're giving them enormous power. We're also giving them enormous responsibility," she said. "Police officers are not mind readers."
Beth Henry is worried the rules still cut too far into free speech. She's afraid people in power will use the rules to limit speech they don't like.
"Folks that want to be heard that don't fit the scripted plan are going to be too easily, their voices snuffed out too easily," she said.
However, the city attorney, city manager and police chief see the latest rules as a good balance between free speech and preventing violence at big events.
City council plans to vote on the latest draft Monday.