Town councilors in Morrisville voted Tuesday night to change a firearms ordinance to comply with a recent change in state law. Still, the majority of councilors voted for the change reluctantly.
Morrisville used to ban all guns in their parks and playgrounds. A state law that went into effect on Oct. 1 bars localities from enacting bans like that. That prompted town staff to rewrite the ordinance. Morrisville now bans guns on athletic fields during scheduled activities like school football games. People will also be banned from taking a gun inside certain athletic facilities, such as gyms, and swimming pools are also off limits.
"Accidents happen. They happen with children," Mayor Jackie Holcombe said.
Holcombe is running for re-election and was one of those on the council who reluctantly voted for the change. She's against allowing guns on playgrounds.
"I really question what the legislature had in mind when they determined that playgrounds were a safe place to bring a concealed handgun," Holcombe said, "but a scheduled baseball game, a scheduled cricket practice, a scheduled soccer game was not a safe place for a concealed handgun."
People on both sides of the issue spoke out during a public hearing on Tuesday night, some telling councilors they did not want guns allowed on playgrounds at all, despite the state law change. Others said they should have a right to carry a gun for their own personal safety.
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