NRA board member Ted Nugget denied Second Amendment rights to his fans who came to see his show at the Berglund Performing Arts Theater in Roanoke, Virginia, on July 16.
The Berglund Center, which is owned by the city, cannot keep guns out of shows, but unless performers — like Nugent — request it.
Berglund Center General Manager Robyn Schon told WSLS that the gun ban was in a sub-contract between pro-gun Nugent and his promoter that wasn’t shared with Berglund Center until the last minute:
It happened about five minutes before we opened doors, we had a security meeting before we opened doors and the subject came up and we said, “Yes people will be bringing firearms.” And Nugent’s people said, “Uh, no, our agreement says no.”
Along with the ban on guns, concertgoers were searched in a possible violation of their Fourth Amendment rights.
Schon said at least two fans had their guns turned away from the show, and the police were brought in for extra security.
Nugent’s management also banned First Amendment rights by not allowing the media or cameras inside the Berglund Center.
Nugent’s pro-gun fans turned out to be a hypocritical as the singer himself.
Nugent fan Tom Miller told WSLS: “I don’t have a problem with that at all. I think you can look around and see this is an orderly crowd and I didn’t anticipate anything else.”
Donna Belcher added: “I think it’s probably pretty safe because some people get in there and get pretty crazy, and I came to see the show. I don’t want to get shot.”
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