NRA board member and outspoken Trump supporter Ted Nugent reportedly barred fans from bringing guns to his rock concert in Virginia even though the theater where he was performing said attendees were allowed to openly carry.
Nugent’s management made the last-minute decision to tell fans they could not bring their guns inside the Berglund Performing Arts Theater in Roanoke, Va., according to a local NBC affiliate.
The venue said that since it is owned by the city it is not allowed to ban guns from being carried into its facility unless a performer requests it.
NBC reports that a sub-contract between Nugent and his promoter regarding open carry was shared with Berglund Center management minutes before the performance on Tuesday night.
“It happened about five minutes before we opened doors, we had a security meeting before we opened doors and the subject came up and we said, ‘Yes people will be bringing firearms,'” said Berglund Center General Manager Robyn Schon.
According to Schon, Nugent’s team said: “Uh, no, our agreement says no.'”
The Hill adds:
Nugent is a National Rifle Association board member and outspoken supporter of President Trump. He also has a history of making controversial statements. In March, he criticized high school students who led protests against gun violence, calling them “soulless” and “ignorant.”
“The lies from these poor, mushy-brained children who have been fed lies and parrot lies,” Nugent said during an appearance on “The Joe Pags Show.” “I really feel sorry for them. It’s not only ignorant, dangerous and stupid — it’s soulless. To attack the good, law-abiding families of America when well-known, predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless.”
His comments came in response to protests that were largely led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. — the school where a gunman opened fire earlier this year, killing 17 people and injuring 14 others.
About a year ago, Nugent called for civility following an attack at a congressional baseball practice that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) seriously injured by rifle fire.
Nugent vowed to be “more selective with my rants and in my words.”
In 2007, Nugent drew criticism when he advised presidential candidate Barack Obama to “suck on my machine gun.”
At an NRA convention in 2012, Nugent said if Obama were reelected as president, “I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”