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Rowan County Considers Allowing Concealed Weapons Inside Buildings, Parks

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A plan being considered in Rowan County would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry a gun inside county buildings, except courthouses, and people with the permits could have a weapon at county parks. County officials say the plan came up for discussion after the state of North Carolina made recent changes to gun laws.

The proposal was recommended by a planning and development subcommittee and now moves forward requiring approval from both the planning board and county commissioners. County officials say there will be public hearings throughout the decision making process. The planning board is scheduled to talk about the plan at its meeting on March 24 at 7:00 pm at 130 West Innes Street in Salisbury.

Rowan County residents have mixed opinions on the subject.

“I’m against because we have too much violence going on now," Christine Clodfelter says. "And I have a gun, and it’s registered, but I wouldn’t want to take it with me. People lose their temper too quick.”

Sara McCubbins says she sees both sides of the issue.

“Wouldn’t it be a tryst to let the criminals know, the ones that do carry guns, that we are now carrying guns and have a little bit more protection," she said.

McCubbins also says she is concerned about people possibly getting upset with county government and seeking revenge with a weapon.

Rowan County Register of Deeds Harry Welch doesn't think the law is enabling.

“I think if somebody got mad about their taxes, they’re probably going to bring the gun anyway," he said. "Whether there’s a sticker or not a sticker, whether there’s a law or not a law.”

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