Gastonia, NC -- Gaston County is allowing people with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns to public parks, but leaders say the state law that prompted the change will likely end up in court.
The Gaston Gazette reports that county commissioners will allow the change in Gaston's 20 public parks, and that other counties with gun prohibitions will likely have to follow.
This year, the General Assembly passed a law preventing local governments from banning concealed weapons in public parks.
But the law allows bans on handguns in recreational spots like swimming pools and athletic fields.
Gaston County director of parks and recreation Cathy Hart says the law is vague on the definition of such spots, especially if they're part of public parks.