Raleigh backs away from gun sign showdown

From Staff ReportsOctober 26, 2013 

Signs banning concealed weapons are still in place at many Raleigh parks, including this one at the entrance to Davie Street Park.

COLIN CAMPBELL — ccampbell@newsobserver.com

— City parks officials announced Friday that they’ll remove some – but not all – of the outdated signs banning concealed weapons in parks.

The move follows a lawsuit threat from Grass Roots North Carolina, the state’s biggest gun rights group. The group’s president emailed the Raleigh City Council this week to demand an update to the signs reflecting a new state law that allows concealed-carry permit holders to bring guns to playgrounds, greenways and college campuses.

Initially, parks director Diane Sauer told the gun-rights activists that updated signs would only be installed when the existing ones are in poor condition and need to be replaced. In an email to the group, she noted that the state might change the laws again, and a citywide sign change would be too costly.

On Friday, Sauer said the city is now taking down individual signs that say “possession of concealed or displayed firearms on this property is prohibited by law.” But larger signs that list numerous park rules – including the old concealed gun ban – will stay put.

“The larger, general multi-rule signs will be replaced incrementally as they age or are damaged,” she said in an email.

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