Gun Rights Group pushes for concealed-carry handguns at North Carolina Fair
A gun rights advocacy group and three gun owners have requested Wake County Superior Court to allow concealed weapons at the State Fair. Many states allow concealed-carry handguns at state fairs. The gun rights group Grass Roots North Carolina has urged that permit holders should be allowed to carry guns.
The North Carolina State Fair will start on Thursday. The gun rights advocacy group said that with recent changes in the state law, the fair authorities cannot ban permit holders to carry concealed weapons with them at the fair.
Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina said the guns with safety features and holsters should prevent guns from being ejected from fair rides. The advocacy group has asked the court for an injunction.
Florida and Texas are among the states that allow concealed handguns at fairs. Many locals argue that there is no need to carry weapon at State fairs.
Wake Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens will hold a hearing on Monday. The gun rights advocates allege that the ban will infringe on their rights to have guns for their protection. As per estimates, there are 350,000 concealed handgun permit holders in North Carolina.
Jim Tucker, president and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions said that in the recent years, the state fairs in some of the states have allowed concealed guns to permit holders.
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