Recreation Director "Uneasy."

The city council of Fayetteville claims to have been caught off guard by the implementation of HB 650 on Thursday, December 1st, so claims Mayor Tony Chavonne. So they meet tonight to consider the issue.


To give a flavor of the inclination of the city, Recreation Director Michael Gibson claims to respect the rights of lawful gun ownership, but illustrates a complete ignorance of the total lack of problems everywhere that legal concealed carry has been implemented by stating that he believes allowing it in areas where adults and children are together is "not a great idea" and that it makes him "uneasy." J.D. Pone, chairman of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, makes no bones about his opposition. Pone says that he wished the city could continue to have a blanket ban on guns in all parks.


Yesterday's Fayetteville Observer says: The item is on Monday's consent agenda, which is reserved for noncontroversial items that require no discussion. On the night of meetings, council members can request to have items taken from the consent agenda for a debate and a separate vote.


  • Attend the meeting at 7:00 pm tonight.

  • Contact the Mayor and City Councilors of Fayetteville, NC.

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City of Fayetteville Representatives,


HB 650 was intended to increase the ability of law-abiding permittees to defend themselves and their families when visiting North Carolina parks. The need for citizens to be able to effectively defend themselves in Fayetteville's parks has been played out in parks the state over such as earlier this month in Greenville by the brutal murder of Leroy Staton in Jaycee Park.


I urge you to remove all bans of lawful concealed carry in Fayetteville parks in the spirit if not the letter of HB 650.


I will be following progress through Grass Roots North Carolina.




A concerned NC voter


GRNC is preparing to take appropriate legal action and needs to identify local plaintiffs


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  • Other municipalities may be added.

  • Everyone should carefully monitor municipal ordinances, particularly those recently enacted.

  • Any restrictions beyond "a playground, an athletic field, a swimming pool, or an athletic facility" should be immediately reported to


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