A couple of corrections to the original article: First, GRNC did not "threaten" to sue Winston-Salem. We filed the suit. It is Childs v. Winston-Salem, CASE NO. 13 CVS 83. After Oct. 1, Winston-Salem recanted and passed conforming legislation, after which we have filed for voluntary dismissal without prejudice.
Second is this gem: "Pre-Oct. 1, it was very clear that you couldn't carry a firearm on a bus in Chapel Hill," said Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. "Since Oct. 1, we just don't know if that's true anymore."
And this from a lawyer? It has not been legal to ban concealed carry on public transportation since the law passed in 1995. In its original version, N.C.G.S. 14-415.23(a) said: A unit of local government may adopt an ordinance to permit the posting of a prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun, in accordance with G.S. 14-415.11(c), on local government buildings and their appurtenant premises and parks." In 2011 and 2013, we passed changes which limited their ability to ban concealed handguns in parks.
You will notice, however, that nowhere in either the original language or the revisions in recent years does it list public transportation. Welcome to yet another example of leftists making up the rules as they go along.
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