This has been bugging me for a while...and perhaps either someone knows, or perhaps this has been answered elsewhere... (this was sparked by the post about OC at a fair, and not to try to hijack that thread...)
§ 14‑269.3. Carrying weapons into assemblies and establishments where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry any gun, rifle, or pistol into any assembly
where a fee has been charged for admission thereto, or into any establishment in which alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
(b) This section shall not apply to the following:
(1) A person exempted from the provisions of G.S. 14‑269;
(2) The owner or lessee of the premises or business establishment;
(3) A person participating in the event, if he is carrying a gun, rifle, or pistol with the permission of the owner, lessee, or person or organization sponsoring the event; and
(4) A person registered or hired as a security guard by the owner, lessee, or person or organization sponsoring the event. (1977, c. 1016, s. 1; 1981, c. 412, s. 4, c. 747, s. 66; 1993, c. 539, s. 165; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)
To my understanding, and from what I can read, it would be something much like either admission to a movie or concert where everyone is engaging in a specific common activity versus paying for admittance to a county fair with everyone doing their own "thing". How far off-base am I in this line of thinking? BTW: Since most of the fairs allow beer to be sold and consumed, I know this would be a moot point for OC at those fairs.