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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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23 Comments on "Town sues local business owner over guns on private property"

2015 years 10 months ago

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.

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2015 years 10 months ago

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.

2015 years 10 months ago

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……


2015 years 10 months ago

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.

2015 years 10 months ago

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