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Chapter
23
Weapons
Article I-
Deadly Weapons on County Property
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Henderson County. Amended 11-15-1995; 6-3-
2003; 8-20-2003; 3-16-2016.] 
§ 23-1. Title. 
This Article I shall be referred to as the "Henderson County Deadly Weapons Ordinance."  
§ 23-2. Prohibition against Deadly Weapons
in County Buildings and Appurtenant Premises; Parks. 
A.
As used in this Chapter, deadly weapons shall include guns, bowie knives, dirks, daggers,
slingshots, loaded canes, metallic knuckles, razors, shurikins, stun guns or other deadly weapons
of like kind, as defined by N.C.
and the caselaw interpreting the same. 
Notwithstanding, however, no provision of this Chapter shall be interpreted in a manner contrary
to the provisions of N.C. Gen. Stat. §14-415.23.
B.
To the full extent permitted by Article 54B of Chapter 14 of the North Carolina General Statutes
(as the same exists and may be amended), it shall be unlawful for any person to bring any deadly
weapon, openly or concealed, into any building or portion of a building now or hereafter owned,
leased as lessee, operated, occupied, managed or controlled by Henderson County, as well as the
appurtenant premises to such buildings, collectively hereinafter referred to as "County-owned or
County-controlled property." 
C.
It shall be unlawful for any person to bring any deadly weapon, openly or concealed, in or on to
any County owned or operated recreational facility, so long as the same is posted in accord with
N.C. Gen. Stat. §14-415.23.  As used herein, the term “recreational facility” includes only the
following:
(1)       
An athletic field, including any appurtenant facilities such as restrooms, during an 
organized athletic event if the field had been scheduled for use with the municipality 
or county office responsible for operation of the park or recreational area.
(2)        A swimming pool, including any appurtenant facilities used for dressing, storage of
personal items, or other uses relating to the swimming pool.
(3)        A facility used for athletic events, including, but not limited to, a gymnasium.
The holder of a valid concealed handgun permit may, nevertheless, secure such handgun in a locked
vehicle within the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment or area within or on the motor vehicle.
§ 23-3. Posting Of Signs Required. 
The County Manager is hereby ordered to post appropriate signage on each building or portion of a
recreational facility, building now or hereafter owned, leased as lessee, operated, occupied, managed or
controlled by Henderson County, as well as the appurtenant premises to such buildings, indicating that,
pursuant to the authority of N.C.
and Chapter 23 of the Henderson County Code, all
deadly weapons are prohibited therein, and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 
 
§ 23-4. Location of Signs. 
Signs required by §23-3 of this Article I shall be visibly posted on the exterior of each entrance by which
the general public can access the recreational facility,
building, appurtenant premises or park. The County
Manager shall exercise discretion in determining the necessity and appropriate location for other signs
posted on the interior of the building, appurtenant premises or park.  
§ 23-5. Henderson County Courthouse. 
The County Manager shall cause a notice to be posted in conspicuous locations on and about the Henderson
County Courthouse that, pursuant to N.C.
Stat. §14-269.4, it is unlawful for any person, not otherwise
exempted by N.C.
Stat. §14-269.4, to carry any deadly weapon, openly or concealed, within the
Henderson County Courthouse and that violation shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor. 
  
 
§ 23-6.  Violations and Penalties.  
Any violation of this Article shall be a Class 3 misdemeanor as authorized by N.C.
Stat. §14-4.   
 
§ 23-7. Exemptions. 
The prohibition in § 23-2
shall not apply to:
A.  
Any person who is exempted from the provisions of N.C.
by virtue of  
B. 
Any County Commissioner with a valid North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit.
C. 
A County employee with a valid North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit and prior approval
granted by the County Manager.