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Carrying in Hotels in NC

Discussion in 'Legal' started by dcdub, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. dcdub

    dcdub Well-Known Member

    I apologize if this has already been discussed, I did a search on the forum here but it didn't return any results specific to my situation.

    So here in the great state of North Carolina, it is currently (hopefully not for long) illegal to carry a firearm into any establishment that sells alcohol for on-premise consumption. Does this include hotels with restaurant/bars? I'm going out of town this weekend and would like to not have anything to worry about in regards to this. Thanks for the info
  2. Gouranga

    Gouranga Well-Known Member

    No it does not. However, IF the hotel does have a bar/grill attached you may not go into the attached bar/grill.

    Also, beware of posted hotels, there are a few.

    and take this for what it's worth...I am not a lawyer.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011
  3. dcdub

    dcdub Well-Known Member

    I guess the restaurants within the hotel are usually a separate business... At this particular hotel there's really no distinction of where the hotel ends and the restaurant begins. It's kinda just out there in the lobby. I don't recall it being posted last time I was there
  4. cleardiddion

    cleardiddion Well-Known Member

    My folks ran a bar and grill that was attached to a Travelodge for about 10 years.
    Generally, whoever owns the hotel/motel/whatnot owns the attachment and leases/rents the property. So, that might be something to consider.
  5. Gouranga

    Gouranga Well-Known Member

    With the recent NRA convention in Charlotte they have a major issue with one of the hotels banning firearms in the hotel. The hotel, claimed because they served drinks in one section of the lobby that it was illegal to carry. A number of lawyers jumped on that and pointed out it was not. They made the point of going to the front desk of the hotel and ordering drinks (which they could not do), and used that to point out that the hotel lobby was NOT a place that served alcohol.
  6. DK24

    DK24 Member

    Thats my understanding of it.
  7. Carter

    Carter Well-Known Member

    My CCW instructor told us that if a building has a business in it that serves alcohol then that whole building is off limits. His example was a mall that had a Chili's in it.

    I always thought that was b.s., but I guess when your instructor is a LEO it makes you comply with it. However, he did talk a lot of b.s.

    This may be one of those things where its not entirely clear till someone goes to court over it.
  8. dcdub

    dcdub Well-Known Member

    Would you happen to be able to cite any references or case examples DK24? You seem to be quite resourceful
  9. DK24

    DK24 Member

    Generally speaking under common law a motel room would be considered a temporary dwelling. However, businesses do have the right to prohibit firearms. If I have time I’ll see if I can find some case law (if there is any).

    I can’t see anyone interpreting the law this way but then again I have heard some far out interpretations from Leo’s, especially Ale.
    I can see the logic behind prohibiting CCW in a place where alcohol is served, but a not from a temporary dwelling. These are two totally different circumstances.
  10. ForumSurfer

    ForumSurfer Well-Known Member

    I can't...but that's another story. House bill 111 seeks to change this. I'm not saying I want to carry in a bar...but I don't like being forced to disarm whenever I take my family out to eat to a restaurant that serves alcohol.

    That's my interpretation, as well.

    I carry when I'm in a motel...I just avoid the bar. It is what it is. Last time I stayed at a Hyatt in Charlotte, someone broke into a large number of cars in the parking lot so I'm glad I didn't leave it in the car! The guy next to me had his lockbox stolen from his SUV (Not hard to do. Unless you bold it to the frame and weld in reinforcing plates all it takes is a pry-bar to extricate the box.). The parking lot was well lit, in a nice area of town, posted and recorded. What did all of these extra steps do? Well, not much. (Don't take that wrong, I appreciate their effort to make my stay as safe as possible...but a crook will find a way.) They had some guy's bright, shining face for all the world to see. No criminal record so the prints didn't match up to anyone.
  11. Uteridge

    Uteridge Well-Known Member

    Sounds like your CCW instructor is FOS. I wish there was a way to report LEO's that don't know the law and just make stuff up as they go. I have a lot of friends who are LEO's and will probably become one when/if I get out of the Marine Corps. If your entire job is to enforce the law then it stands to reason that the single major job requirement is to know and understand the law. Not to mention that this guy should not be teaching CCW if he doesn't know the law as it pertains to concealed carry.
  12. Gouranga

    Gouranga Well-Known Member

    No offense to any LEOs on here but I have found very often they are NOT experts on the law or its interpretations and on many occasions can be biased heavily on their interpretation by their own political leanings(they are human after all).

    A perfect example, my sister is a cop, a good and hard working cop. We had a discussion on firearms laws. I actually filled her in on the laws. She was not aware of them to the extent I would have expected an officer to be. She has been on the force 20 years.

    I had a pleasant conversation with a local officer in which I filled him in on NC general statutes around concealed and open carry. He had been on the force 5 years and simply did not know the laws.

    In short, just because a person is an LEO does not mean he is aware of the law or interprets it correctly. To be fair, with all the time I have spent reading and discussing NC GS, I still learn new things about it.
  13. Gouranga

    Gouranga Well-Known Member

    Why not? The law already says if your BAC is anywhere above 0.0 you cannot carry a firearm. If they allowed carrying in a bar, you still could not consume alcohol (i.e. impair your judgment), and carry a firearm.
  14. dcdub

    dcdub Well-Known Member

    HB 111 isn't intended to allow carry into a bar.

    The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
    SECTION 1. G.S. 14-269.3(b) is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:
    "(5) A person on the premises of an establishment that is a restaurant under
    G.S. 18B-1000(2) or G.S. 18B-1000(6), provided the person has a valid
    concealed handgun permit under Article 54B of Chapter 14 of the General


    "To qualify as a restaurant, an establishment's gross receipts from food and nonalcoholic beverages shall not be less than thirty percent (30%) of the total gross receipts from food, nonalcoholic beverages, and alcoholic beverages."

    So basically you can't carry into a bar that doesn't serve food, which I can't even really think of any... Maybe dance clubs or something. I don't know, certainly not my scene
  15. DK24

    DK24 Member

    Just for the record, I don’t 100 percent agree with the logic behind it. IMO, there is a huge difference between a nightclub/bar and Pizza Hut. One I can expect a greater chance of trouble and the other I can feed my family.

    None taken. It absolutely drives me nuts to here a LEO interpret the law wrong.

    I have also found that LEOs (including myself) are more familiar with laws they use every day than the ones they don’t. Most never take time to research case law, therefore never really understand it.
  16. Uteridge

    Uteridge Well-Known Member

    A bar is a bad place to be in with a weapon anyway. Why would I want to carry a weapon to a place where I know there are going to be other people in an unpredictable and impaired state? I don't want to deal with some drunk trying to pick a fight with me while I am carrying a concealed weapon. Sometimes the best method of self defense is to avoid places where there is a high likelihood of trouble in the first place. That is just a personal opinion. I'm not saying the law is right but I can see the argument that people would make about keeping weapons out of bars.
  17. dcdub

    dcdub Well-Known Member

    You can feed your family at pizza hut???? :barf:
  18. DK24

    DK24 Member

    What??? It's a figure of speach, a restaurant that serves alcohol. Off topic but have you ever tried the Meat lovers deep-pan.WOW! its good.
  19. dcdub

    dcdub Well-Known Member

    I got your point Dk, I was just messing with you.

    I was going to say that I can't remember the last time I went to a pizza butt, but now that I think about it, I do. A grateful homeowner in Mississippi took a group of us there after working on her house after hurricane Katrina. I can't remember the last time I PAID to eat there, but now that I know they serve alcohol, maybe I will check it out.
  20. ForumSurfer

    ForumSurfer Well-Known Member

    Point taken. You can carry into a bar in NJ if I am not mistaken. We're not seeing mass, drunken shootings on the news from thee. :)

    Indeed...taking your family pizza hut is a life risking adventure in and of itself. ;)

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