Police in Charlotte, N.C., want to crack down on anyone who displays a handgun — even if it’s not pointed at anyone — while walking on city streets or sidewalks, says the Charlotte Observer. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor. People with concealed weapon permits could continue keeping guns tucked under pant legs, holstered under jackets or packed into purses. Police will present the proposal to the Charlotte City Council Monday.
A gun-rights leader he plans to “oppose vociferously” such restrictions. Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina, said the ordinance would be another example of bureaucrats trying to make “criminals out of law-abiding citizens.” Police said violence didn’t prompt the idea, but they recently had several reports of people walking uptown wearing guns openly, said Mark Newbold, a police attorney.