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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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2016 years 1 day 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.

Karma 2
2016 years 1 day 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.

2016 years 1 day 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.

Morty Sussman
2016 years 1 day ago

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… Read more »

beach guy
2016 years 1 day ago

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… Read more »

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