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House members debate parks and permits (video)

A House committee began discussion Wednesday of H.B. 111, allowing a person with a valid concealed gun permit to carry a handgun in a park or restaurant.

Rep. Jeff Barnhart, one of the bill’s primary sponsors, said his family enjoys going to their local park, but there were those in the park “you just don’t feel safe around.”

Rep. Ric Killian echoed Barnhart’s thoughts, saying if law-abiding citizens leave their guns at home, then the parks become “an area of opportunity” for those who would mean them harm.

Mike Waters, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association, told legislators the parks provision should be stripped from the bill, calling it an accident waiting to happen.

No vote was taken in Wednesday’s meeting, and the bill remains in committee.

To hear the full exchange, click below:

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