The law in question
Grass Roots North Carolina’s planned legal action may hinge on a section of law approved last summer. Previously, people largely were banned from bringing concealed firearms into “any assembly where a fee has been charged for admission,” according to G.S. § 14-269.3.
Last year’s addendum adds an exception for persons “carrying a handgun if the person has a valid concealed handgun permit.”
Brian Long, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, declined to comment on the fair’s possible legal defense.
“There’s been no legal action yet, but we’re gearing up, if there is,” he said.
State law does forbid the carrying of firearms by civilians inside the State Capitol building, the Executive Mansion and the Western Residence of the Governor. It also allows property owners to ban firearms from their premises, but this exception appears to apply only to “private premises.”
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