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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.

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Guest 10101
2016 years 2 months ago

If that offends someone, it’s their choice not to patronize that business. End of story.

Time to stop all of this phreakin blather.

beach guy
2016 years 2 months ago

I pity the fool!

And an uninformed liberal talking point regurgitating inane fool at that
I might add that it is boogie man (not KC and the Sunshine Band boogie man mind you) not the buggie man which could be either a horse and cart driver or an pest exterminator or your last cell mate depending on your preference or ability to defend your self 24 hours a day in a 8X9 room .
As far a Zimmerman goes he was judged by his peers and found innocent case closed.
I bet you would wish some one had a gun if someone… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

No way to submit updates, and no updates have been posted recently. No contact information on the site at all.

A slew of signs went up as of October 1st by business owners who don’t understand that the criminals that the signs should apply to could care less about them other than knowing that they will be relatively safe robbing the place.

Don’t like open carry in your place because it scares the sheep? Put up a sign that says it, but allows concealed carry by those legally allowed to do so.

2016 years 2 months ago

No sane merchant wants guns carried into their establishments other than gun dealers. By posting the signs merchants have freedom to call the police when they discover a gun no matter who is the carrier. The idea that someone with a permit to carry is going to a bar and not drink is irresponsible and stupid. Most people that come to the bar I go to rarely order coke unless a little rum comes with it. We all know that policemen and firemen can’t drink on the job, but how many times do we read in the paper that this… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

GRNC.org also has a statewide list. This is the group that helped get these good laws passed.

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