Gun rights group meets at Chick-fil-A restaurant

November 6, 2010 8:07:22 PM PDT
A group that supports the right to openly carry firearms made their presence known Saturday night at a Cary Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The Triangle Open Carry Dinner hosted, "like minded individuals who believe in the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution," according to a press release.

They met at the Chick-fil-A on North Harrison Avenue at 7 p.m.

ABC11 contacted Chick-fil-A. A corporate spokesperson said the company:

  • Did not know about the event in advance
  • Did not provide the logo Randy Dye used on his website
  • Did not give their permission for the event to take place
  • Do not endorse the group's political agenda

The spokesperson said the group would be treated as any other customers would be.

"People see us and normally they will ask us, 'well what are you carrying,'" Dye said. "The best thing that happens is they ask why are you open carrying, and that's when we can go and educate people on the law and on safety of course."

North Carolina law does not prohibit openly carrying a gun except at certain events such as public parades, funeral processions, picket lines, or demonstrations.

It is illegal to have a concealed firearm without a permit.

Some cities like Cary have more restrictions on so-called "open carry." In Cary, the town does not allow firearms in public parks or property, but people can carry guns openly on private property or in businesses that don't post signs prohibiting firearms.

"I don't know how legal that is because I would think that the state constitution would supersede that ban," Dye said.

In August, he attended another rally at a public park in Greensboro to prove the same point.

"We would be saying 'Hi Ho Hitler' right now, if it weren't for our military and weapons and we would still be a British colony right now if it weren't for guns," Dye said.

About 35 gun-lovers ate dinner at the restaurant to provoke inquiry.

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