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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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2015 years 11 months ago

It’s not an unusual weapon and is not dangerous until it’s out of the holster and pointing at your head with the finger on the trigger.

2015 years 11 months ago

While it has been shown in court that item 1 was fulfilled by a handgun, it is obvious that 2-4 have not been met for the purpose of that dubious crime.

2 – can you prove his intent, looks like his intent was to eat lunch
3 – he was in a private business, not on a public highway
4 – he was not causing terror, and the courts have already upheld that carrying a properly holstered handgun is not in itself enough to cause terror. If he was waving it around in his hand, that would be a different… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

I’m finding it rather ironic that when questioned about having a firearm on display in a public place, this guy immediately labels himself as a victim of bullying. “Bullying” must happen pretty frequently to this bozo if he feels the need to wear a gun to pick up a hotdog. I would venture to say that this probably isn’t the first time he’s felt “bullied”. …personally, I’m glad he was asked why he had it. These officers, nor the general public, would know what his intentions were when carrying a weapon. I … Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

all day and night these troopers run up and down the highways issuing tickets(strong armed robbery) for every thing they can think of showing no mercy unless of course you a pretty white woman then maybe. police wake up of morning they think to themselves whos life can i destroy today. who can i ruin and who can i rob to pay my salary to feed the government today

Douglas Matthews
2015 years 11 months ago

Since when does GRNC give a rat’s rear end about OPEN carry, Mr. Valone? GRNC has repeatedly used OPEN CARRY as the sacrificial lamb to liberal groups and legislators for the sake of advancing concealed carry. Is the sudden change of heart genuine or merely for the sake of publicity?

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