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Mixed reaction on new gun law

By Amanda Brannon
Published On: Sep 17 2013 05:32:20 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A new state law will allow people with concealed carry permits to take their guns to certain public parks and greenways.

The new law, which goes into effect October 1, includes areas usually designated for biking and walking.

However, cities may continue to prohibit the carrying of a concealed handgun in recreational facilities, where designated athletic events are taking place. That includes athletic fields, gyms and pools.

According to state law, cities must post signs indicating where concealed guns are not allowed.

People in Greenville have mixed feelings about the new rules.

"I think as long as you have concealment it's okay. I mean the park hours are daylight hours so I'm not really concerned about it. Plus, the greenway is full of people so I feel usually safe," Skip Schurman said.

"It's already violent around here so I don't think we should have guns,” Jennifer Whitfield said.

"I'm in-between because I think people have a right to carry but then it also concerns me because there are psychos out there,” Nikki Tyler said.

Some of the people we talked with said it's not the parks out in the open they're worried about. It's the trails deep in the woods where police may or may not hear you if you get into trouble.

“It makes me more nervous because every time I walk by myself I have to look behind me or whatever to check and see who is behind me,” Whitfield said.

However, Tyler said she has her own plans for protection, especially when she's alone in the park with her 8-month-old son, Landon.

“Since they passed that law, I have a right to carry concealed if I want to also if I chose to which I've been thinking about doing,” Tyler said.

On Thursday September 12, Greenville city council updated its ordinance which previously prohibited the carrying of a concealed handgun in certain "recreational facilities.” Those facilities included greenways, biking trails and certain parks with playgrounds.

Below are lists of places concealed weapons are prohibited in the City of Greenville:

-The athletic field at Andrew A. Best Freedom Park at 315 Oakdale Road

-The Bradford Creek Golf Course at 4950 Old Pactolus Road

-The soccer fields at the Bradford Creek Soccer Complex at 4523 Old Pactolus

Road

-The Greenville Community Pool at 2113 Myrtle Avenue

-The Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center at 921 Staton Road

-The Drew Steele Center, Elm Street Center, tennis courts, Stallings Stadium

baseball field, Sara Vaughn Field of Dreams baseball field, shuffleboard courts,

horseshoe pits and bocce courts at Elm Street Park at 1058 and 1055 South Elm

Street

-The tennis courts, softball fields, and archery range at Evans Park at 625 West

Arlington Blvd

-The basketball court at Greenfield Terrace Park at 120 Park Access Road

-The Guy Smith Stadium baseball field, baseball fields and batting cages at Guy

Smith Park at 1000 Moye Boulevard

-The Boyd Lee Center, softball fields, and cricket field at H. Boyd Lee Park at 5184

Corey Road

-The tennis courts, extreme park, inline hockey rink, softball/baseball field and

athletic field at Jaycee Park at 2000 Cedar Lane

-The soccer field, softball field, baseball field, and disc golf course at Matthew

Lewis Park at West Meadowbrook at 900 Legion Street

-The baseball fields, batting cage, and volleyball courts at the Perkins complex at

1703 E. 14th Street

- The volleyball court at River Park North at 1000 Mumford Road

- The South Greenville Recreation Center, athletic field, and baseball field at South

Greenville Park at 851 Howell Street

- The Sports Connection at 1701 E. 14th Street

- The Eppes Recreation Center, tennis courts and baseball field at Thomas Foreman

Park at 400 Nash Street

- The athletic field at Westhaven Park on Cedarhurst Drive

- The basketball court and volleyball court at Woodlawn Park on Woodlawn

Avenue