Grass Roots North Carolina / Forum For Firearms Education

Post Office Box 10665, Raleigh, NC  27605

877.282.0939 (Phone)      919.573.0354 (Fax)


Press Contact:     704.907.9206


Release date:      March 28, 2016


A special meeting <>  will be held regarding a gun-ban ordinance this Monday, at 5:30 PM, in the Haywood County Courtroom of the Historic Courthouse (more meeting details below).

Please join GRNC President F. Paul Valone at this meeting, where the Haywood County Commissioners will be discussing  an ordinance to BAN ALL OPEN AND CONCEALED CARRY in and on any county owned or controlled property. This ordinance would reverse regulations dating back to 1995, which recognize the citizens' civil rights in this area. (Click here <>  to read a copy of the proposed new ordinance).

Some commissioners have claimed that the increase in gun ownership has created an unsafe atmosphere. Yet, statistics show that more crime happens in so-called "gun-free" zones. Gun owners must inform the commissioners that we know the facts, and we won't be fooled by false arguments, and emotional appeals.

Below, find out how you can contact the county commissioners and let them know that what they're considering is wrong, and not at all acceptable. Also, get details on the meeting so you can attend and help to put a stop to this effort to disarm good people like you, "put you in your place," and make you easy prey for the bad guys.


* EMAIL THE HAYWOOD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. Urge them to vote against the gun-ban ordinance. Below, find a copy/paste email list, and under 'Deliver This Message,' you'll find a copy/paste email message to send.


County Commissioners copy/paste email list:;;;;

* ATTEND THE COUNTY COMMISSION'S SPECIAL MEETING THIS MONDAY, MARCH 28. Join GRNC President F. Paul Valone at this critical event. See details below:


Monday, March 28, 2016 5:30 PM


Historic Courthouse
Haywood County Courtroom
215 N. Main St.
Waynesville, NC


Dress for the press! Please no offensive signs, slogans or clothing.

Be sure to arrive early, as seating may be limited.


Suggested Subject: "Vote No on Gun Ban in Haywood County"


Dear Commissioner:

I have recently been informed of the gun ban that is being considered by the Haywood County Commission, and I am writing to urge you to vote against any such gun ban.

A patchwork of “gun-free" zones serve only to make accidental criminals out of otherwise peaceful, law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing to ensure anyone’s safety. A vote to close all county facilities to the lawful carry of handguns will only convey a disrespect for civil rights as they relate to the Second Amendment, and will ultimately endanger both the citizens and employees of Haywood County.

You may be unaware of the new trend that is currently sweeping our state. In recent months, county after county, after recognizing the fallacy of "gun free" zones, has moved in the direction of more gun-freedom rather than less: Pitt, Person, Wilkes, Rockingham, Cherokee, and Alamance counties---just to name a few. There are more, and the list continues to lengthen. This is a positive trend, and I would strongly recommend that Haywood County consider this course, rather than a sure-to-be fruitless and disrespectful gun ban.

Keep Haywood County free and safe for law-abiding voters and their families. Vote 'no' on any sort of gun ban. I will continue to monitor this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.


F. Paul Valone

President, Grass Roots North Carolina

Executive Director, Rights Watch International