SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) – A Brunswick County man says two state troopers bullied him while he was trying to pick up lunch Tuesday afternoon.
The reason: he was wearing a holstered gun.
“I like to protect myself and I have the right too,” Donnie Long said.
You don’t see it very often, but in North Carolina, a legal gun owner can wear a gun out and about. It’s called Open Carry, and the only thing that can stop you is a sign on a business barring your weapon.
Long says he carries a weapon for protection, so when he stopped by the Burg-Dog Grill to grab lunch Tuesday afternoon, he was surprised when he was chastised by the troopers.
“The other officer attacks me about my gun,” Long said. “He asked me who gave me the right to walk into a restaurant with my gun around a register, because I may rob it. I am no criminal.”
Long told us he’s lived in Shallotte his whole life and was shocked that it seemed the troopers were not aware of the Open Carry Law.
A spokesman for the Highway Patrol said Wednesday that he was not aware of this particular incident, but that he would look into it.
Long says he is still shaken up.
“I think it’s wrong for officers to attack you like that,” Long said. “They told me that I didn’t have the right to walk into the restaurant and that I couldn’t be around open cash registers. He gave out wrong information and I think something should be done about it.”
Long says after his run-in with the troopers, one of them showed up at his house yesterday and apologized for his behavior.
We tried to talk to the owner of the Burg-Dog Grill, but he said he had no comment.