Havelock makes adjustments to park gun rules

Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 05:41 PM.

But Smith stressed there was nothing the city could do about it.

“We are simply complying with what the legislature did in the last session,” he said. “I’d like to tell you that you have a lot of room to maneuver, but you don’t.”

As a practical matter, the board had to replace the word “playgrounds” with “athletic fields” in rules about the Havelock Recreation Complex, Walter B. Jones Park, the city park at 198 Cunningham Blvd., and other areas at 101 Webb Blvd., 230 McCotter Blvd., 280 McCotter Blvd., and at McDonald Downs.

Legally concealed guns could also be prohibited at swimming pools and at facilities used for athletic events, such as a gymnasium. Havelock’s gymnasium is inside the recreation center, which is a city-owned building. The law allows local prohibition of legally concealed guns in city-owned structures.

Lewis said the city would have to change signs in the areas to reflect the new rules.

The board passed the changes unanimously.

The second change concerned city-declared states of emergency. Police Capt. David Bratton said changes in city rules were required to reflect changes in the N.C. Emergency Management Act.

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