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No Weapons Allowed at Demonstrations

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019

State law prohibits weapons at demonstrations, and Hillsborough police will be strictly enforcing this law for all future demonstrations in town.

In a joint statement issued yesterday, Aug. 26, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough Police Department stated warrants have been obtained for weapons violations involving two people in possession of firearms at a demonstration Aug. 24 in front of the Orange County Justice Facility in Hillsborough. Officers from both agencies monitored the gathering.

North Carolina General Statute 14-277.2 prohibits weapons at parades, funeral processions, picket lines and demonstrations on any public place. Violation of the statute is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Members of the Ku Klux Klan demonstrated on the sidewalk outside the courthouse on East Margaret Lane at about 5:40 p.m., and counter-demonstrators then gathered. Both groups began dispersing at about 6:30 p.m. Hillsborough is the seat of Orange County and the location of the county’s courthouse and historical courthouse.

For information on recent demonstrations and the police response, please see: