The Winston-Salem City Council may amend the city code on Monday to loosen restrictions on carrying concealed handguns, but it won’t happen because council members like the idea.
Along with the new regulations, the council could adopt a resolution setting forth its strong disagreement with statewide concealed-carry regulations passed by the N.C. General Assembly this year. The regulations apply to people who have a legal permit to carry a concealed handgun, and take effect Oct. 1.
Under the new state law, local governments must allow people to carry concealed weapons on city park properties such as playgrounds, athletic fields outside of scheduled events, and on greenways, paths and open fields.
City Attorney Angela Carmon told council members during committee meetings last week that the city must update its code to comply with the changes in state law, or risk not having any regulations that cover recreational areas because the current law will no longer be in compliance with state law.