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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Revolutionary Black Panther Party is planning an armed march in Wilmington this weekend, but police say that is illegal.

The group holds these marches every month all over the country. Chief Commander Alli Muhammad said the last one was in Milwaukee Wisconsin in December. He said they are coming to Wilmington for several reasons.

“We have Walter Scott,” Muhammad said. “There are other people who we understand to be victims of genocide. That’s why we are in the state, but particularly dealing with Wilmington, Brandon Smith is one of those particular ones.”

A detective with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed Brandon Smith in 2013, but it was eventually ruled justified by the district attorney’s office.

“There’s like silence on his case,”

That is why he said they march with firearms.

“We march in arms in honor of life of these people who’ve lost their life” Muhammad said.

Wilmington police said it is illegal in the state to have firearms at a demonstration.

G.S. 14-277.2 says:

“It shall be unlawful for any person participating in, affiliated with, or present as a spectator at any parade, funeral procession, picket line, or demonstration upon any private health care facility or upon any public place owned or under the control of the State or any of its political subdivisions to willfully or intentionally possess or have immediate access to any dangerous weapon. Violation of this subsection shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor. It shall be presumed that any rifle or gun carried on a rack in a pickup truck at a holiday parade or in a funeral procession does not violate the terms of this act.”

Muhammad said that is not going to stop them.

“We are not people going out there being derelict,” Muhammad said. “We are not people going out there just being careless and chaotic. We are actually standing for what’s lawful.”

A Wilmington Police spokeswoman said you do not have to get a permit to do a march, but you have to fill out a form for intent to picket. Muhammad said they have been in contact with the police department, but they still plan on marching with firearms.

Muhammad said anyone is welcome to attend the events this weekend. Both of them will be held at the Creekwood Community Center on Saturday and Sunday.


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  1. AveryJarhman

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  2. Scammed

    “Armed to the Terror of the Public” is a meaningless law if it is not enforced.

  3. Scammed

    Doesn’t the statute about being “Armed to the Terror of the Public” apply here? If I walk down the street with my firearm in city limits, I would be arrested, jailed and fined. Why shouldn’t they be subject to the same laws I am subject to? Is it that the law is not enforced equally? Then get rid of it!

  4. Wayne Sims

    I wonder how many black “panthers” will be arrested by the police for breaking the law? Or will the black panthers, because they are blacks, be allowed to break the laws and *snap* their fingers with contempt under the noses of the cops? If the KKK marched with guns, you know they’d be arrested. But blacks? They’ve gotten special rights lately, haven’t you noticed? They get to do what what people may not do, including breaking gun laws, apparently. The police may feel free to prove me wrong this weekend. I’ll be watching.

  5. Stephen

    I have face paint an a gun…

  6. John Shade

    Arrest the lot of em

  7. Brian Stynchula

    The law cited in the article is in direct violation of the second amendment and does not carry the weight of lay, therefore any arrest made for a violation of this law is a false arrest. I largely disagree with the Black Panther Party, but they still have second amendment rights that are constitutionally protected and I would absolutely hate to see them violated by our local law enforcement.

    1. Christopher Meyers

      It isn’t in violation of the 2nd amendment by any means! READ and understand the Constitution before blabbing your nonsense. There are state laws that prohibit firearms at events such as this and they will be enforced. It’s no different than the laws that govern where you can and cannot take your weapon. Schools, churches and any other facility that is posted “No Firearms Allowed” are but a few examples.
      So go ahead. Take your weapon into the hallway of your local elementary school and tell me how that “2nd amendment violation defense” horse-sludge works for ya!
      By the way, I have a CCP, I understand my rights, have read and understand the Constitution and abide by the law. I fully support 2nd amendment rights, but I don’t believe in stretching it’s definition or power in the name of total reckless stupidity!

  8. guest45

    Since they have said they were going to show and parade armed then they should be searched for weapons before allowed to assemble, purely for the publics safety, I hope that the law will be enforced.

  9. Christopher Meyers

    We need about 500 cameras set up, the FBI, the DEA and Federal Marshals to be there on stand by. Anyone there in protest, march or whatever they want to call it, with a weapon, should be arrested and it should be fully on camera. Anyone starts crap up, resists and incites a riot will quickly find themselves facing serious federal charges!
    We’re not going to have another “Ferguson” going on here in Wilmington!

  10. Christopher Meyers

    Pure, unadulterated ignorance in it’s finest form!
    “There’s like silence on his case,”, referring to the Brandon Smith case. There’s nothing “silent” about this case at all. Brandon Smith was a convicted felon that shot a detective and ran. He was pursued as expected and ran again. He failed to comply to the police commands to surrender and was subsequently shot. When you don’t have the capacity to “understand” how this works and you want to protest as an armed militant group justifying Smiths criminal and violent behavior, you just get what you deserve! Can’t wait to see the outcome of this stupid move!!! Local attorneys, get yourselves ready! Lot’s of bidness coming your way!

    1. JoHanna Gronroos Reedy

      Theyre on tv holding shotguns in the air tonight. Why havent they been gassed and locked up? Thats insighting hate and terror. I just saw it on twc news. Screw their 5 minutes of fame. Thats rediculous.

  11. Erlkoenig

    Let’s see if the Police Chief will actually enforce the law. It will be real telling if the Wilmington bureaucrats want to protect and serve residents or cower to this bigoted hate group.

  12. Commonsensenotcommontoday

    I can understand why they want to be armed if they’re doing it at Creekwood.

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