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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.

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56 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Troopers question man for carrying gun"


Guido
2015 years 9 months ago

He would be safe. Southport cops don’t eat there.

LK
2015 years 9 months ago

Sounds like Long was “going armed to the terror of the public” and the troopers were fully aware of the law. Maybe he should be aware of the law, how the pubic perceives OC activism and just be happy they didn’t charge him instead of whining about how mean the troopers were to his gun :( Statute
This is a common law offense. State v. Dawson, 272 N.C. 535, 541-42 (1968); State v. Huntly, 25 N.C. 418, 418 (1843); State v. Staten, 32 N.C. App. 495, 496-97 (1977) (citing Dawson).
Elements

A person guilty of this offense

(1) arms himself or herself with an unusual and dangerous weapon

(2) for the purpose of terrifying others and

(3) goes about on public highways

(4) in a manner to cause terror to the people.

Punishment

Class 1 misdemeanor. G.S. 14-3(a).

Fred
2015 years 9 months ago

First, Chapter 20 is motor vehicle laws, nothing in Chapter 20 has to do with open carry laws. Second, maybe all of 20 minutes is spent on open carry in BLET because,BLET covers the basics until you can be formally trained by the agency that hires you. Last, the highway patrol spends even less time on it since their main area of law enforcement is related to traffic related offenses. So when you are trying to sound smart and use law enforcement lingo, maybe research it before hand. By the way I’m a full supporter of open carry and truly believe these troopers didn’t know the law.

Historyfan
2015 years 9 months ago

What this news story fails to address is that the Troopers DID NOT harass or bully this individual for open carry! His initial encounter with the Troopers in question dealt with the fact that he was illegally parked in front the restaurant. Mr. Long was NOT cited for this and should have been. It was only after the Troopers addressed this issue that they noticed he was open carrying. The Trooper who honestly did not know about open carry here in NC apologized to Mr. Long for his behavior. Mr Long, will you apologize to the Troopers for NOT citing you? Somehow I doubt it!

While there are some in LE, at all levels of government, who do wish to strip us of our 2nd Amendment, this is not one of those times. As for GRNC, I support you but you need to get this right. There are two sides to every story and so far we have only heard Mr. Long’s, which I dare say is not 100% correct.

WWAY, you should get your facts correct before you post such detritus!

Let the armchair keyboard warriors respond.

ILM NATIVE
2015 years 9 months ago

then why did they even hassle him…just showing their power? If they knew the laws then it was just plain harassment by the Gestapo.

 

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