Parks look to limit concealed guns

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June 16, 2003 // UPDATED 10:51 am - April 30, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is reviewing ways it can limit guns in parks in the wake of the state's new conceal-and-carry law, said Brad Johnson, director of park police.

The Park Board's attorneys had already crafted a policy restricting employees from carrying concealed weapons while at work, except sworn officers, he said. Parks officials are still researching how, or if, they can restrict guns carried by park users.

The law went into effect May 28, but would take a month or two for law enforcement officials to do background checks and issue the permits, he said.

The law restricts guns in schools and daycare operations, Johnson said. The parks provide some day care. Further, 29 parks abut school property, and the schools use the park property.

"Do the rules that apply to the school also apply to our facilities where we share common ground and resources?" Johnson asked. "Those are the things we are looking at."

"I think you will see a lot of people challenging this bill," Johnson said.