Mayor Nancy Vaughn Wants To Cancel Greensboro Gun and Knife Show, Owner Says ‘Unconstitutional’

GREENSBORO – The misguided and nonsensical reactions of the Left to the Parkland, Florida shooting have officially reached the Old North State. Nancy Vaughn, the Democratic Mayor of Greensboro has expressed her desire to cancel the Greensboro Gun and Knife Show, held twice a year at the Greensboro Coliseum, because she is a gun control liberal that mistakenly believes usurping the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens will prevent mass shootings.


There’s not a lot that we can do. But we don’t have to sponsor gun sales in a city-owned building,” she said in an interview.

Vaughan points to the sale of assault-style rifles at the event as a reason to not allow the show at the Coliseum. She believes these weapons should be banned outright, but wil apparently use her position to unlawfully cancel a gun show as a consolation.

And it is unlawful, according to Grassroots North Carolina:

N. C. Gen. Stat. § 14-409.40 provides that “no county or municipality, by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, shall regulate in any manner the possession, . . . storage, transfer, sale, purchase, . . . transportation, or registration of firearms, firearms ammunition, [or] components of firearms . . .

The proposal by the Greensboro City Council is a regulation of the sale and purchase of firearms and components by enactment of a municipality. As such, it is a direct and facial violation of North Carolina law. As a party adversely affected by this action, Grass Roots North Carolina has standing to challenge – and will vigorously do so – this illegal exercise of power by the City of Greensboro, and will pursue costs and reasonable attorney’s fees in bringing such action, as provided by law.

Vaughn says that other City Council members are in agreement with her plan to cancel the lawful event, and plan to tackle the issue as part of the agenda at a March 20 council meeting.

Owner of the Greensboro Gun and Knife Show, Rodney Sorrell, is meeting with lawyers and vowing to fight the city’s illegal push tooth and nail, saying that the move is unconstitutional and completely misguided.

“We’ve owned the gun show for about 10 years…It’s been at the Greensboro Coliseum twice a year going on 39, 40 years. We’ve never had an incident. We’ve done everything legally, and they want to cancel it – they can’t do it.”

Sorrell said the shooting in Florida was tragic, but that gun control measures in general, and canceling the Greensboro Gun and Knife Show specifically, will not do anything to prevent such tragedies, but only infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

“Our most prized possessions are our children, and anybody that has children knows that. Why not put retired military or police officers to protect the school? There are so many measures that we can take to protect our children. Stopping the Greensboro gun show is not one of them.”

Sorrell and gun rights supporters plan to attend the city council meeting and stand in opposition to any illegal actions to cancel the show.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 20 at 300 W. Washington Street, Greensboro 27401 at the Melvin Muncipal Office Building. It is open to the public.

If you or anyone you know is in the Greensboro area, it behooves you to stand up against this assault on our Second Amendment rights and let the city officials know that such gun control pushes will not stand, especially in a state that was First in Freedom.

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