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Judge denies preliminary injunction to block concealed gun ban at North Carolina State Fair

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RALEIGH, N.C. — At a hearing on Monday, a judge declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have allowed gun owners with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons to the North Carolina State Fair, WTVD reports.

The state fairgrounds has had signs posted that say concealed weapons are prohibited for years. Recently, a gun rights group protested and the signs were taken down.

The group, Grass Roots North Carolina, claims a state firearms law now allows those with concealed carry permits to bring guns to the State Fair.

State Fair officials said the law isn’t that clear and that they were looking forward to presenting their side to the judge.

North Carolina’s Republican agriculture commissioner who oversees the fair has said he is in favor of gun rights but that he is opposed to guns on the fairgrounds.