Yelling anti-gay slurs during an argument with bartenders and showing a pistol in the Ruby Deluxe bar downtown preceded the arrest of a Zebulon man a short way from the bar, police said.
Grayson Wade Pittman, 27, was arrested early Tuesday morning a few doors from the bar at 415 S. Salisbury St.
Police charged Pittman with two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.
According to the charges and information provided by a police spokeswoman, Pittman was arguing with the bar staff at Ruby Deluxe. He "yelled homophobic slurs" and took a .22-caliber pistol out of a backpack and put it on his hip.
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Pittman put the gun back into his pack and left the bar, police said.
The bartenders had called police. Officers caught up with Pittman nearby and found the .22 and a Taser stun gun and a fixed blade knife in the backpack, they charged.
The disorderly conduct charge was based on Pittman's "drawing a handgun from [a] bag and displaying it during an argument," an arrest warrant said.
Pittman was freed on $1,500 bail after being booked into the Wake County Detention Center. He is scheduled for a court appearance April 17.
It is not illegal to have a concealed handgun in an establishment that serves alcohol unless the person with the gun drinks alcohol.