Kudos to the Pinehurst Village Council in North Carolina for fixing a mistake it made over a month ago when it banned concealed carry from in public parks and on Village greenway trails.
At a recent meeting, councilors voted to repeal the original concealed carry ban ordinance and to allow the practice in these public places.
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“The council is not afraid to say it made a mistake,” Mayor Nancy Fiorillo told The Pilot.
Admittedly, the council had a little help in realizing its mistake. Once the original regulation was made known, many residents voiced their opposition to the concealed carry ban.
“Our inboxes have been flooded,” Fiorillo said.
“Prior to the discussion with the public [on the recent vote], each council member said they erred when voting for the ordinance on July 24,” The Pilot reported.
“It is one of the few votes I wish I had back because it punishes citizens,” council member Mark Parson said.
“I wish I had thought about it and done a little better homework,” fellow council member Doug Lapins said. “I don't see where this (ordinance) does a thing for us as a village.”
Pinehurst resident Rich Foster pointed out there were, “areas on the greenway trails that are isolated and where someone might be accosted by ‘thugs,' and would be much safer if they were allowed to carry a concealed weapon.”
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