Country artist Jamey Johnson’s July 23 concert at House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, (HOBMB) was cancelled after he apparently refused to disarm while in the venue.
HOBMB said they would issue refunds to ticket holders beginning at 12 pm Eastern on July 24.
On Sunday, HOBMB announced the cancellation via a Facebook post: “As always, the safety and security of our guests is our number one priority. Tonight’s artist refused to adhere to our safety and security guidelines and would not enter the building. Unfortunately, tonight’s show is cancelled.”
Tony TC Coleman is a member of Johnson’s band, and he responded to the HOBMB Facebook post by relaying a first-hand account of what happened:
AS A MEMBER OF JAMEY’S BAND, HOUSE OF BLUES MANAGEMENT “LIVE NATION ” WAS WRONG FOR HOW THEY TREATED THE SITUATION. JAMEY WAS READY TO GIVE AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE AS HE HAS DONE EVERY NIGHT SINCE THE YEAR AND 3 MONTHS I’VE BEEN IN HIS BAND. I STAND WITH HIM ON THIS. HOUSE OF BLUES DID’NT NEED TO TREAT US LIKE WE WERE TERRORIST. THEY PUT A MEDAL DETECTOR BETWEEN JAMEY’S BUSSES AND THE STAGE ENTRANCE AND THE ONLY PEOPLE COMING IN AND OUT OF HIS BUSES WAS US. HIS BAND AND CREW AND WE ALL HAVE LAMINATED STAGE IDENTIFICATION. WE DID NOT COME TO HOUSE OF BLUES TO BE TREATED LIKE WE ARE GOING TO KILL THE FANS. IF SOMEONE CAME BACKSTAGE TO HARM ANYBODY YOU BETTER PRAY THERE IS A JAMEY JOHNSON TYPE INDIVIDUAL AROUND.
A representative for Johnson did not immediately return a request for comment.
SOUTH CAROLINA GUN LAW.(applicable text underlined or highlighted)
S.C. Code Ann. § 23-31-510 (2011) No governing body of any county, municipality, or other political subdivision in the State may enact or promulgate any regulation or ordinance that regulates or attempts to regulate
It is unlawful to carry a firearm onto private or public school property (not including roads which are open to public traffic) or into any publicly-owned building without express permission. This prohibition does not apply to law enforcement officers, or to concealed weapons permittees when they are upon property that is part of an interstate highway rest area facility. The prohibition regarding school property does not apply to concealed weapons permittees provided the gun remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.
Now before we arm up and resurrect Charlton Heston here, There MAY be provisions for the prohibition of carry at VENUES. It is not clear in the law above whether the property owner has the OPTION to “ban” lawfully carried weapons on their property. This should be interesting to follow.
UPDATE: Our favorite Yarmulke wearing Bagel Muncher found THESE restrictions.
No person, even a concealed weapons permit holder, may possess any firearm in or on:
- The grounds of the South Carolina state capitol or within the capitol building (concealable weapons permit holders are exempt from bringing a handgun onto capitol grounds, but must leave their gun within a locked vehicle not readily accessible on the capitol grounds);1
- Any publicly-owned building or property, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property;2 or
Firearms are generally prohibited in a business which sells alcoholic liquor, beer or wine for consumption on the premises. Concealed weapons permit holders, however, may carry firearms in these locations, unless the property owner, holder of the lease interest, or operator of the business has posted a ‘NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED’ sign, or has requested that the person leave or remove the firearms from the premises. Even permit holders may not consume alcoholic liquor, beer, or wine while carrying the concealable weapon on the business’ premises.3
Persons are prohibited from possessing a firearm at any park or facility under the jurisdiction of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (“Department”), except:
- Anyone in an area specifically designated by the Department for the use of firearms;
- A person carrying a concealable weapon pursuant to state permit; or
- A licensed hunter with an unloaded firearm in a case or the trunk of a vehicle.4
An inmate of a state correctional facility or local detention facility is prohibited from carrying a firearm on his or her person or willfully concealing a firearm within any Department of Corrections facility or other place of confinement.5
An innkeeper may refuse or deny any accommodations, facilities, or privileges of a lodging establishment to a person whom the innkeeper reasonably believes is bringing in firearms,6 and may eject such a person from the lodging establishment.7
A permit to carry a concealable weapon does not authorize a permit holder to carry a concealable weapon into any:
- law enforcement, correctional, or detention facility;
- courthouse or courtroom;
- polling place on election days;
- office of or the business meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special purpose district;
- school or college athletic event not related to firearms;
- daycare facility or preschool facility;
- place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law;
- church or other established religious sanctuary unless express permission is given the appropriate church official or governing body;
- hospital, medical clinic, doctor’s office, or any other facility where medical services or procedures are performed unless expressly authorized by the employer; or
- place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon on the premises, except that a property owner or an agent acting on his behalf, by express written consent, may allow individuals of his choosing to enter onto property regardless of any posted sign to the contrary.8
Notwithstanding the aforementioned location restrictions, public and private employers retain the right to prohibit a person with a concealable weapons permit from carrying a concealable weapon upon the premises of the business or work place, or while using any machinery, vehicle, or equipment owned or operated by the business.9 Moreover, private property owners or persons in legal possession or control of private property have the right to allow or prohibit the carrying of a concealable weapon upon their premises.10 The posting of a sign stating “No Concealable Weapons Allowed” by the employer, owner, or person in legal possession or control of the property constitutes notice to a permit holder that the employer, owner, or person in legal possession or control requests that concealable weapons not be brought upon the premises or into the work place.11
Concealable weapons permit holders may not carry a concealable weapon into the residence or dwelling place of another person without the express permission of the owner or person in legal control or possession of the property.12
Permit holders are allowed to possess a firearm at an interstate highway rest area facility.13