Who's Right? FeaturedWritten by Alex Egan
North Platte City Parks have numerous signs informing people of the rules and regulations.
But a new sign - just posted - is upsetting some citizens.
Parks in North Platte like Centennial, and Cody Park have signs prohibiting alcohol use, and fireworks.
But a new sign wrapped in plastic and hung with zip ties has gone up prohibiting the use of carrying of concealed weapons.
"There's an old ordinance on our books from about 1975, thatbans firearms in the city parks in North Platte," says Marc Kaschke, Mayor, North Platte.
Residents are not taking this issue lightly.
Charles Matson has a permit to carry concealed weapons and he feels the city ordinance is superfluous.
"I thought we had it ironed out that our LB laws that have been passed recently, within the State Senate, the city ordinance no longer had and bearing," says Charles Matson, North Platte Resident.
The signs themselves are not against the law, as the ordinance is still on city books.
And for Matson, he feels his rights have been violated.
""The 2nd Amendment guarantees us our right to bear arms. Secondly, many of us have gone through the process of acquiring a concealed carry permit. I just want people to be empowered if they so choose," says Matson.
The question arises as to who posted the signs.
"I contacted my city council members first in my ward, and they were not aware of the signs, no they had never been consulted on them or otherwise," says Matson.
"Our legal counsel believed he had the right to place those along with the permission of the city admin and the parks department," says Kaschke.
And while this question arises the mayor and the residents just want an answer as to what rights are right.
"Let's bring this to a vote and let's just have a clear decision on, are we going to allow concealed carry in our parks or not," says Kaschke.
Kaschke says that action will likely not be taken until July.
He says the ordinance will either be re-worded or a completely new one will be developed.