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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Holly Ridge served Dorothy Royal owner of Surf City guns and ammo with a lawsuit Tuesday, saying she can no longer use firearms on her property.

Royal says not only is her property outside of Holly Ridge limits, but the town is not picking on anyone else. She says the lawsuit is personal.

“They are not suing any of my neighbors,” said Royal. “They are not asking any of the other property owners to stop shooting on their property. They are not going after anyone else.”

Royal used to teach outdoor shooting classes on the land, which is technically in Onslow County, but has since shut it down because of the lawsuit.

“We only had 22 members for our little private gun club we had, and I gave them back their money and told them I’m sorry I couldn’t have a gun club.”

She says with the growing gang problem, these classes gave bored kids something to do. It taught people how to protect themselves. Royal says the town is abusing its power.

The Town of Holly Ridge directed any questions regarding the case to its lawyer. Royal and supporters will be attending the town’s next agenda meeting for answers.

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  • Vog46

    While I applaud your research be advised that in the Onslow County case we are talking a business that operates a range for a fee along with classes.

    I still think the owner in this case should prevail, but I have my doubts the court will rule in their favor……

    Vog

  • Guest 87

    Warned for what and by whom? Do you know any of the facts? The range follows the county restrictions and is in the county, not Holly Ridge city limits. There are a handful of ranges surrounding her property including Surf City’s as well as Holly Ridge’s. Not to mention many private individuals shooting on their private property. Despite these over the top stories that happened a year before the range was open and during hours they are closed, no one has done any inspection or investigation to determine any legitimacy to any allegations. Now why would they not investigate these claims? The fix is in.

  • antithug

    Just wanted to say that these are good people. I drove up there on a Saturday from Monkey Junction in Wilmington because at the time they were the only ones offering a one-day CCW class for a fair price. They were able to offer this due to the fact that they had this range on their land.

  • Karma 2

    She had been warned numerous time and multiple complaints have been filed from the community. Also, the neighbors do not have multiple people out there.

  • guesty

    It appears her shop is well outside the town limits and any extra territorial jurisdiction there might be. I’ve only heard of ETJ being used by police, not town council to impose their will.

  • Morty Sussman

    Sounds like this town is abusing its authority! If this business is not in the towns limits they have no jurisdiction and the lawsuit should be immediately tossed before legal fees mount. If it IS in town limits the town is using its authority prejudcially and subjectiviely, showing bias. This store btw is right next to Camp Lejuene where they blast all kinds of ordnance day and night! Unless this gun shop has been shooting in a careless way, this is most certainly anti gun harassment, and the store owners should turn to the NRA-ILA and GOA for assistance fighting this. The Myrtle Beach mayor just joined NYC Bloombergs Mayors Against Guns so this anti gun sentiment is spreading thru the South and taking root! Unless you want to end up like New Jersey it must be fought tooth and nail!

  • beach guy

    The town can have up to one mile of extraterritorial jurisdiction from its border through the incorporation statutes for the state. I would check with Onslow county to see if the jurisdiction of the town can extend past county lines since the town was formed in Pender county its jurisdiction should be confined to the county line(that would make sense anyway).
    I would then talk to the Onslow County Attorney and ask him what the precedence is for towns outside the county lines enforcing ordinances it their county. (they probably will not like it very much)
    If the town is suing her for an ordinance violation she should have been given some type of warning of a land use infraction prior to the suit. If not this is a case of the town acting in a manner that is discriminatory in nature. The bad part about it is the town has all the tax money they need to hire attorneys and the business owner is paying for everything out of pocket. If we had loser pays laws here then these little towns would have to think twice prior to suing anyone
    But long story short Keep up the good fight and do not let these carpet baggers push you around!

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