GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Pitt County Commissioner is asking the board to revise an ordinance barring people from carrying guns on some county property. Chairman Glen Webb wants to allow concealed guns in county buildings, with the exception of schools, the courthouse and detention center. He says citizens have the right to defend themselves.
“You have these gun-free zones,” says Webb. “Gun-free zones are not gun-free. The problem is the people who have them are criminals. Law-abiding people obey the signs but criminals don’t obey the signs and that puts the average citizen at risk.”
The way the current ordinance is written, guns are not permitted on county property or within county buildings. Webb, who also serves as a Greenville Police officer, says the law is worrisome.
“If you look at the Louisiana… If you look at Chattanooga… If you look at Charleston… these are all places where guns are not allowed,” says Webb. “You go back to Colorado, he chose the theater that he chose because guns were not allowed at that theater. We want to make sure that people can defend themselves.”
The county plans to discuss his proposal at an August 17th meeting. Webb says it’s important to get feedback from the community before making a decision. WNCT 9 On Your Side asked people Friday what they thought about expanding the areas that permitted guns were allowed. The response varied.
“I don’t really like guns period so whether they’re concealed or not,” says Theresa Warren. “I just really don’t like them.”
“Maybe… if someone is careful with a gun,” says Otis Smith.
“They should for protection, the way the world is today,” says Charles Allen. “I have no problem with it.”
Webb says it’s important to remember owning and operating a gun is a big responsibility.
“I think people should get trained,” says Webb. “They should practice. They should know what they’re doing. They shouldn’t just arbitrarily go buy a firearm and carry it around because that doesn’t make you safe. Understanding how to use it as a tool of self-defense makes you safe.”
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A Pitt County commissioner wants two ordinances repealed which prohibit the lawful carry of firearms in and on county property.
In a post on Facebook, Commissioner Glenn Webb says he’s thought about it and decided to ask the Board of Commissioners to repeal Law Enforcement Ordinances 4 and 5.
Webb goes on to say that the ordinances have good intentions, but they prohibit law abiding citizens, send the wrong message to criminals, and limit the rights of law abiding citizens to defend themselves in times of crisis.
He adds that the repeal wouldn’t apply to the detention center, any point beyond the security check at the courthouse, and schools (under school board authority).