(A)   Other than a duly authorized law enforcement officer or a public safety employee of the town so authorized by the Town Manager, no person shall possess a concealed handgun in the following playgrounds; athletic fields, including any appurtenant facilities such as restrooms, during an organized athletic event if the field has been scheduled for use with the town or Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department; swimming pools, including any appurtenant facilities used for dressing, storage of personal items, or other uses related to the swimming pool; and athletic facilities; although an individual who has been issued a permit authorizing the legal carrying of a concealed handgun may secure the handgun in a locked vehicle within the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment or area within or on his or her motor vehicle even if it is parked in a designated parking area of the park.
   (B)   For purposes of this section, a playground is designated with a parenthetic “p” following the park name, an athletic field is designated with a parenthetical “fi” following the park name, a swimming pool is designated with a parenthetical “s” following the park name, and an athletic facility is designated with a parenthetical “fa”:
      (1)   Industrial fields (both Small Industrial Field and Large Industrial Field) (fi);
      (2)   Jaycee Parks (p);
      (3)   Junaluska Park (portion other than area reserved for use by Watauga Post 130 of the American Legion and areas needed for access to the “Legion Hut”) (p); and
      (4)   North Street Park (p).
(Ord. passed 9-17-2013; Ord. passed 6-19-2018)