The Orange County Board of Commissioners needs eight rural property owners to decide whether the county needs gun rules for private property.
Six wildlife, law enforcement and county officials also will sit on the 14-member Firearms Safety Committee, but they won’t have a vote.
The group is the result of a months-long discussion about recreational firearms use on private land in unincorporated areas. The commissioners, following a hostile Feb. 16 meeting, rejected proposed changes limiting the hours and places where rural residents could shoot.
Andy Stevens, with Grass Roots North Carolina, pointed out this week that the county’s existing rules aren’t consistent with state laws. The county rules still prohibit concealed carry permit holders, for instance, from bringing their handguns into parks.
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“Show us good faith this evening and table this bad, unenforceable, feel-good-but-do-nothing, expensive, time-consuming study recommendation that’s before you,” Stevens said. “Instead, deal with the more serious problems in Orange County.”
The new group will be asked to consider, among other issues, whether the county needs more firearm rules, and if it does, how various concerns should be handled. Applications are online at www.orangecountync.gov/boards and are due by April 15.
Two months after the Cary Town Council decided to restart its search for a new town manager, the firm in charge of the effort presented a list of 41 applicants to be considered.
Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said the council would meet with several of its top picks over the next month.
“We don’t have a specific date we’re shooting for to hire the new manager,” Weinbrecht said. “But of course, we want it to happen as quickly as possible, being sure that every council member has the time he or she needs to participate in the process.”
Waters and Company Executive Recruitment was selected in August to conduct the search after longtime Town Manager Ben Shivar announced in June that he would retire Sept. 30. The council didn’t come to a consensus on the three finalists and decided to start over.
▪ Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane will deliver the State of the City address on Monday, March 7, in Room 306 of the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St. The address is part of the Raleigh Rotary Club meeting that begins at noon; McFarlane’s speech starts about 12:30 p.m. Admission free; lunch $25. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
▪ Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin will speak about insurance rates at The Wake Democratic Men’s Club meeting on Monday, March 14, at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 320 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Make dinner reservations by March 10 to WakeDMC@mail.com. Dinner is $20 for members, $23 for non-members.
Compiled by Tammy Grubb and Kathryn Trogdon
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