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Sex offenders banned from local fairs under new state law

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A new state law that went into effect September 1st gets more specific about where sex offenders are allowed.

While the old law kept offenders from going within 300 feet of where children go for recreational, educational and social gatherings, the new rules name places minors "frequently congregate" that are off limits like schools, parks, libraries and arcades.

"When the laws are vague it's hard to enforce them so now we got more specific guidelines to go by," said Kim Lunsford, who oversees the more than 800 registered sex offenders in Guilford County. "It's nice that we have a list of places now, but it still doesn't talk about haunted houses or certain other areas offenders are restricted from so the laws are still vague and it makes it tough to enforce."

The new law is meant to replace part of the old law that a federal judge ruled was unconstitutional because it was too vague. In addition to naming places the new law changes the age of minors from 16 to 18.

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