What's to be confused about?? They (the people in charge) threw a bone to the commoners allowing effective self defense during most of the year, and at the sufferance of the Ag Commissioner at his discretion during the Fair. Seems pretty typical in these parts.
ok i privately asked the question about finding the thread within the NC area on carry at the state fair:
It would seem like as of 8/5/15 the NC governor signed a bill allowing carry there - I don't know the effective date or details though, best check that out, see last entry below to read the bill/law as signed.
OTOH - this says no guns:
"§ 106‑503.2. Regulation of firearms at State Fair.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Commissioner of Agriculture is authorized to prohibit the carrying of firearms in any manner on the State Fairgrounds during the period of time each year that the State Fair is conducted.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, any prohibition under this section shall not apply to the following persons:
(1) Any person exempted by G.S. 14‑269(b)(1), (2), (3), (4), or (5).
(2) Any person who has a concealed handgun permit that is valid under Article 54B of this Chapter, or who is exempt from obtaining a permit pursuant to that Article, who has a handgun in a closed compartment or container within the person's locked vehicle or in a locked container securely affixed to the person's vehicle. A person may unlock the vehicle to enter or exit the vehicle provided the firearm remains in the closed compartment at all times and the vehicle is locked immediately following the entrance or exit."
SECTION 4.(b) The Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Department of Public Safety and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association, shall study the best method to allow persons with concealed handgun permits to carry a concealed handgun on their person from a parking lot to the entrance of the State Fairgrounds, and a secure method of storage for and retrieval of those handguns at or near the entrance. The Department of Agriculture shall report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety by April 1, 2016, with recommendations, including any necessary legislation.
WNCN's reporting of the good sheriff's comments of searching every fairgoer again is interesting. email sent asking for fair reporting.
and section 4 is quite interesting, not sure what the legislation was seeking when this was put into the statutes.
and this passed w/o any type of outcry from local grass root CC organization(s).