Looks like a storm is brewing over the NC State Fair and concealed firearms. The fair has long been posted against firearms. Unfortunately they cannot do that and the sign is meaningless. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting anyone should test the system and carry on the fairgrounds, but the sign does not have meaning if you follow the NC Statutes. No one has tested the legitimacy after the passing of House Bill 937, but if they did, they would eventually find any charges dropped. I believe the potential for arrest for anyone testing the law would be high and a waste of time and energy, but I do believe they would eventually be released and their firearm returned. Apparently, GRNC has taken up the cause and it will be an interesting showdown as several in state government have declared the posting legal, but no one has provided a legal explanation of how, mainly because they cannot.

The argument most often heard is the event will become the Wild West and shootings will occur. We all should know that is ridiculous. The concealed permit holders are law-abiding citizens and did not jump through the series of hoops and expense to get a permit just to shoot the firearm. They did so to protect themselves and their family. An editorial comment in the N&O yesterday entitled “Overreaction on guns” summed it up very well.

Regarding the Oct. 3 Point of View “ Gauging guns”: A year ago the N.C. General Assembly passed a law allowing concealed handgun permit holders to carry firearms into establishments that serve alcohol or that charge admission. It also allowed them to leave their firearms in locked vehicles on educational properties.

At the time, many anti-gun groups and The News & Observer issued dire predictions of widespread violence and mass mayhem due to these new laws. And yet, to date there has not been a single violent incident as a result of these new laws among the 300,000 North Carolinians with concealed handgun permits. But instead of reporting that the anti-gun groups and its own editorial staff were wrong about this expansion of Second Amendment rights, The N&O has instead chosen to double down on emotion-driven rhetoric instead of reporting on verifiable facts and statistics. Is it really so hard to admit that you made a mistake?