RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Despite the fact that the no gun rule at the state fair has been well-publicized, there apparently is still some confusion about it.
Fair goer Ryan Cary, asked if guns should be allowed at the State Fair, said, “Absolutely not.”
And certainly not at the Fairgrounds under rules that are decades old. And there are signs at the Fair saying no weapons are allowed.
Deputies are using hand-held wands to look for concealed weapons as well as other contraband, and they are finding it with regularity. At one gate, WNCN saw lots of knives piling up.
In addition to metal detection, random bag searches are being conducted to look for guns.
Mike Whitt said he believes people should be allowed to carry concealed weapons but there should be limits, and they should not be allowed at the Fair.
“With this amount of people, a lot of things could happen,” Whitt said.
One person with a concealed carry permit, Robert L. Brown, told WNCN he wanted to bring his weapon to the Fair. He said in an email he wanted folks to avoid the hassel he encountered at the gates when he told an officer he had a concealed weapon. He says he was ordered to put the gun in his car before coming into the Fair.
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said that’s the way it should be.
“You will get checked,” he said. “Don’t bring guns to the fairground. It’s a place for families to have fun.”
There are more than 150 uniformed Wake County deputies at the State Fair and scores of undercover officers from other agencies.