The North Carolina IANALs specializing i…

The North Carolina IANALs specializing in Open Carry (the practice of walking around with a gun obviously on your hip) have had a lot of back-and-forth on the topic of a vague state law declaring the charge of “going armed to the terror of the public”. The fear, among Open Carriers, is that if someone makes a “man with gun” call to the police, they’ll be charged with this vague specter of a law.

It’s a standing legal issue because the legal principle underlying Open Carry is that if it isn’t illegal, then it must be legal. Thus, there’s a big question mark over whether a cop will actually use this against someone who is otherwise legally open carrying.

And then some times people do stuff like this and make you glad the law is on the books.

Police: Man fired gun to ‘terrify’

RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh police arrested a man early Saturday after witnesses said he fired a gun in a crowd of people on Tucker Street.

The arrest warrant for JaDaniel Christorf McLaughlin, 23, of 4700-I Capital Club Court, says that he stepped from his car and fired a 9 millimeter handgun “in the middle of a large group of people for the purpose of terrifying others.”

McLaughlin faces charges of going armed to the terror of the public and discharging a firearm within city limits.