Sean Sorrentino of An NC Gun Blog attended the NC State Fair’s pre-fair “Safety Press Conference” yesterday to ask about security measures at the fair, now that rogue superior Court Judge Donald Stephens abused his power and banned concealed carry at the fair, despite a lack of statutory support for his decision.

Mr. Sorrentino listened to the statements made by the security team, and then posed a very interesting question to Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Chief of Police Joel Keith.

.Luckily, WRAL was there to capture the exchange. My part starts at about 45:15 UPDATE: The video has been edited. I’m now at 37:40.

If, like Commissioner Troxler, you can’t hear my question, what I said was

Mr. Troxler, by actively fighting licensed concealed carry at the State Fair, and by loudly declaring to everyone that no one may carry so much as a can of pepper spray into the fair, haven’t you basically announced to every criminal in North Carolina that if they want easy targets all they need to do is lurk in the parking lots and wait for the people to come to them?

Troxler handed the question off to his Chief of Police, Joel Keith. Chief Keith said that there will be uniformed patrols of the parking lots, so I asked,

And if a person feels unsafe, and wishes to have an escort, will you send an escort with them, anybody who asks?

There you have the Department of Agriculture’s Chief of Police, Joel Keith promising not only uniformed police patrols in the parking lots, but armed escorts for anyone who asks for one.

So there you have it. Chief Keith, backed up by the Wake County Sheriff, Donnie Harrison, will provide you an armed police escort back to your vehicle. After they’ve made it illegal to defend yourself, I think it’s the least they can do.

If you intend to attend the North Carolina State Fair (which runs until October 26) be sure that you avail yourself of the free police escort to your car when you leave.

It is, as Mr. Sorrentino noted, the least they can do after denying you the right to defend yourself and your family.