Bass landing, the future of Hernando DeSoto Park, will soon look like a typical park.
A walkway. A few park benches.
It's the same area, regardless of the sign, that's been used for target practice for years. It's also why DeSoto County wants to enforce a new ordinance for those who carry.
The county's board of supervisors held a news conference Monday to help clear the air about the new gun ordinance. Though the board is focused on the issue of guns and greenways, gun owners were ready to put a few holes in the new ordinance.
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"It's just to make people more aware of where they are walking into, if they're walking into green spaces, walking trails, stuff of that nature because some properties look like woods you're hunting in until you get in them," said Jessie Medlin.
DeSoto County has acres of wooded land, and some parts are being expanded for parks and recreation like Bass Landing.
"We just executed a lease with the levee board for 41 acres that we're turning in a park and there's been some indiscriminate shooting over there target practice," said Larry Jarrett.
For those with a concealed carry permit, the ordinance will not affect their right to carry. The ordinance is simply about public safety.
The county is also asking for public input on the ordinance, Which mirrors state and federal law where you're not allowed to fire off a gun in a public greenway, expect if have a carry permit and fear for your life.
"It is allowing us to provide personal protection for ourselves and families," said David Goode. "As a permit holder we can provide protection in addition to what the sheriff provides."
The board wants to remind park visitors as the county continues to expand and grow, public safety becomes more of a concern. But for gun permit holders the concern over Second Amendment infringements, you can put that one back in your holster.
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