Thanks to your emails to the Mecklenburg County Commissioners and continued discussions between GRNC leadership and certain commissioners, the commissioners discussed and debated the proposed parks ordinance concealed carry restrictions for just over an hour Tuesday night. The commissioners ended up in a draw (4-4 with one commissioner absent -- Ridenhour (R), James (R), Bentley (R), and Cotham (D) voting correctly) Tuesday night on a compromise motion after failing to get a second on a motion to eliminate altogether the optional parks ordinance concealed carry restrictions in "recreational facilities". Your emails in the past couple of weeks and the speakers at the meeting all sparked the attention of the commissioners and triggered the lengthy debate. Your efforts made a positive difference and were mentioned several times by the commissioners!
After the deadlock, the commissioners directed the county attorney, in consultation with the parks director, to bring to one of the next meetings the original proposed revised parks ordinance with restrictions, and at least one other draft with limited restrictions as proposed by Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour (R-District 5), who has championed the elimination or reduction of the concealed carry restrictions.
In response to the Tuesday meeting, and in preparation for the next discussion, you need to take action again to let the commissioners know you are following their activities, and to let them know your position. Mecklenburg County residents should be sure to follow-up as described below, and emails by all supporters across NC would be greatly appreciated and add to the effect! We have their attention -- we must keep the pressure on!