Gastonia Respects Gun Owners' Rights

Gastonia residents have cause for pride in most of their local politicians this week. The Gastonia City Council voted 6-1 in favor of respecting your right to self protection with only Councilman Dave Kirlin opposing your rights. This display of political courage comes in spite of a 5-0 anti-freedom recommendation from the Gastonia Recreation Advisory Commission. Give them a hand!

Scotland County Commissioners Buying Time

As we have told you, the Scotland County Parks and Recreation Committee recommended restrictions to your concealed carry and self-defense rights to the full extent allowable under the new law. The Board of Commissioners policy subcommittee then voted 2-1 to recommend such an ordinance restricting your concealed carry and self-defense rights. On March 5, however; the Scotland County Board of Commissioners chose to table a proposed restrictive concealed carry parks ordinance. This is apparently in reaction to the pushback from you the people on the matter. As Board Chairman Bob Davis noted: the proposed ordinance "has been cussed and discussed" by the public. Congratulations, your efforts are being notice, but don't relax yet.

Board of Commissioners next steps

The board has asked the county attorney and the county manager to work on a very specific restrictive ordinance for the board to review at the April meeting. We believe the board will review the proposed ordinance at the April 2 meeting, possibly expose the ordinance to public comment at the May 7 meeting, and then vote on the ordinance at the June 4 meeting. However, this possible chain of events could change any time. In the meantime, the ordinance could die due to lack of support, and GRNC hopes this is the case. But, as you know, hope is not a strategy. Therefore, your continued diligence will be essential to ensuring Scotland County parks do not become criminals-only gun zones.

Your next steps

GRNC understands there is support amongst the commissioners for not restricting concealed carry in parks at all. Commissioner Alford, for example, has already expressed his opposition to concealed carry restrictions during the policy committee meeting. Be sure to thank him for his wise position. However, if a vote is required, the outcome could come down to one vote. Let's ensure any vote protects the right to self-defense. You must now continue reminding the board that the people oppose any such restrictions on concealed carry in parks or elsewhere.

Contact Gastonia Mayor John Bridgeman at Let him know you applaud the city council's decision.

Scotland County

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Dear Commissioner:


I am writing in appreciation of Commissioner Alford's respect of the rights of free Americans and ask you to do likewise. You have wisely tabled the bad ordinance disrespecting the right of self defense. I am asking you to dismiss this anti-freedom measure entirely.


I will be watching the progress of this matter through Grass Roots North Carolina.



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