The Hickory City Council is the latest local government to consider proposed ordinances to address the local park carry provisions of House Bill 650, as previously reported here. As you may recall, HB 650 removes the absolute authority of local governments when it comes to deciding if Right to Carry (RtC) permit holders may lawfully carry their firearms into parks under the control of these local governments. This new law that took effect on December 1 allows local authorities to impose some restrictions on carrying in certain parks by permittees, although it does not mandate these permissible restrictions.
The Hickory City Council is scheduled to take up this issue tomorrow, December 6 at 7:00 PM. The Council will hear public comments concerning the adoption of one of the two proposed ordinances: one takes an anti-gun approach by prohibiting carrying in certain park areas and the other fully respects the right to self-defense by allowing lawfully concealed handguns in all park areas.
Please make plans to attend this meeting and urge Council members to respect the rights of law-abiding RtC permit holders by allowing them to carry their personal protection firearms in ALL Hickory parks. This meeting will be held at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
If you are unable to attend, please call AND e-mail the members of the City Council and urge them to respect the rights of law-abiding RtC permit holders and allow legal self-defense in city parks.
Contact information for members of the City Council can be found here.