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Press Conference with Ag Comm Troxler on CCW at NC State Fair

Earlier today, Sean from NCGunBlog.com gave me a heads up about a press conference that was about to take place with NC State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Thankfully I was able to make it to the event just in time. Here’s the video:

NCGS 14-269-3
Sign posted to Troxler’s left at the press conference.

At the event, a sign was set up was set up next to Mr. Troxler stating that weapons, including concealed handguns are prohibited at the State Fair in accordance with NCGS 14-269.3. The problem with this (in my non-lawyer, college dropout opinion) is that NCGS 12-269.3 specifically exempts concealed carry permit holders from that statute:

(b)        This section shall not apply to any of the following:

(5)        A person carrying a handgun if the person has a valid concealed handgun permit issued in accordance with Article 54B of this Chapter, has a concealed handgun permit considered valid under G.S. 14-415.24, or is exempt from obtaining a permit pursuant to G.S. 14-415.25. This subdivision shall not be construed to permit a person to carry a handgun on any premises where the person in legal possession or control of the premises has posted a conspicuous notice prohibiting the carrying of a concealed handgun on the premises in accordance with G.S. 14-415.11(c).

Troxler went on to say that he isn’t concerned with concealed carry permit holders breaking the law at the State Fair, but he is concerned about accidental discharges.

Troxler also stated that he has consulted attorneys on the issue:

“The conclusion that they have reached is yes, these citizens with concealed carry permits do have the right to bring them, and lock them in their vehicles. That’s the interpretation as I see it right now.”

Pretty sure that’s not what the law says, and it’s not the intent that they had when passing HB937 last year.

About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.


  1. Another reason to not spend my money at the fair.

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