Council Bans Guns From City Parks, Rec Centers
Philadelphia City Council has given final approval to a measure that authorizes the mayor to ban guns in city parks and at recreation centers.
The vote was 15-to-2 as Council authorized Mayor Nutter to create regulations for city parks and recreation centers that explicitly prohibit carrying firearms there even if the person has a legal “carry” permit (see previous story).
“I want to make sure our facilities for our youngest citizens are safe,” said the measure’s chief sponsor, 8th District councilwoman Cindy Bass. “And this, I believe, will go a long way. I think it will spread the message.”
Mayor Nutter is expected to sign the bill but a legal challenge is expected.