Letters to the Editor

Janice Horner: State Fair tradition will end if guns are allowed

Regarding the Oct. 1 news article “ New law may allow guns at fair”: The North Carolina State Fair has been a tradition in our family for years. My husband and I went on our first date there in 1996. Since then, we have made it a point to attend every year. We love the sights and sounds but go mostly for the food. Our daughter loves the rides. We have taken friends and family from out of state, to show off the best of North Carolina culture.

Sadly, this tradition will come to an end if the decision is made to allow guns or any concealed weapons at the fair. The State Fair is a family-oriented event; there is no need for anyone to bring any kind of weapon. There is plenty of security provided during the fair. The only guns I want to see at the fairgrounds are those on the police officers, doing their sworn duty to keep the public safe.

If legal action is taken by Grass Roots North Carolina to allow guns at the fair, I hope the court sides with agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and enforces the no-guns policy. If it does not, this is one fewer family that will be attending the fair this year.

Janice Horner