An armed protest group walking through downtown Raleigh over the weekend has gained national attention. A photographer with the News & Observer captured images of the small group inside a Subway on Fayetteville Street.
WRAL has received many questions from viewers about if their actions were legal.
The Raleigh Police Department is investigating but said in a statement, “While State law does not permit individuals to possess a dangerous weapon when they are participating in or spectating at a protest, there is nothing that prohibits an individual, or a group of individuals, from walking on a city sidewalk while carrying and displaying firearms.”
North Carolina is an open carry state, meaning people can carry weapons openly on public property, but neighbors and business owners said these demonstrators are going too far and are violating the law.