WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Walking the streets of downtown Wilmington, you may have noticed a few new signs in the windows of some of your favorite restaurants and bars. That’s because starting Tuesday, concealed carry permit holders are now allowed to bring their weapons into places that serve alcohol unless business post a sign forbidding it.
“When you mix alcohol with weapons that can kill, the results are not good,” gun control advocate Mebane Boyd said.
She says unlike the NRA she does not believe good guys with guns are the way to stop bad guys with guns.
Sande Carter agrees. She says the only people who should be allowed to have concealed weapons where alcohol is served are those employed to protect us.
“I’m really against it,” Carter said. “I think that, again, if you’re a police officer or FBI, anybody like that can have a concealed gun, because they’re here to protect you.”
But Trey Lewis, general manager of Bullzeye Shooting Sports, says opponents of the new law simply do not have all the facts. He says permit holders are not allowed to drink alcohol while carrying a concealed gun, and he says those with concealed weapons are not the ones you should be worried about.
“You shouldn’t be afraid for the guy sitting next to you at Outback to have a gun in his pocket to protect himself and his family, because if something happens, he’s going to use that gun to protect you as well. He’s not going to use that gun on you,” Lewis said.
Plus he says it is not the gun that kills people, it is the person holding the gun.
“It’s no different than a hammer. It’s no different than a screwdriver. It’s no different than a baseball bat or a car,” Lewis said. “All can be used for good, or all can be used for evil, and that is up to the person that picks it up.”
The law says owners who do not want concealed weapons in their business can simply post a these sign at each entrance. Otherwise permit holders can come on the property with their concealed weapons.