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My friends at Grass Roots North Carolina today are celebrating the new state law that allows concealed carry of firearms in more businesses, while they continue to show that they don't understand the law.

They're creating a "high-risk restaurant list" of those establishments that post signs prohibiting guns on their premises.

"In response, the GRNC High Risk Restaurant Project will ensure the law is not undermined by asking the state's nearly 400,000 concealed handgun supporters to report restaurants which post for inclusion in a High Risk Restaurant List which will be distributed across the state," the group said in a news release today.

The law is not "undermined" when a business posts a no guns sign. The law allows a business to do that. How does it undermine the law to do exactly what the law allows?

What GRNC means is that it does not like the law as it's written. It would prefer to deny the private property right of a business to decide whether or not it wants to serve armed customers. Many do not.

The so-called high-risk restaurant list, by the way, is pretty paltry. But it includes one of North Carolina's favorite restaurants, Lexington Barbecue (known in Lexington as Monk's). You're only at risk there for eating too much of the best 'cue around.

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