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Asheville Police Charge Three Men For Bringing Firearms To Black Lives Matter Demonstration

Three men were charged for bringing firearms to a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Asheville on June 21, 2020.
Three men were charged for bringing firearms to a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Asheville on June 21, 2020.

Three men have been charged for carrying firearms in downtown Asheville on June 21 at a demonstration, according to the Asheville Police Department. 

Police Chief David Zackhas defended the decision to not immediately arrestthe counter protesters atthe Black Lives Matter demonstration. 

Counterprotesters attending the demonstration on June 21.
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Counterprotesters attending the demonstration on June 21.

APD says they did not arrest the men during the event in order to avoid further escalation. Zachary Steve McFarland of Asheville, William Jay Turknett of Hendersonville, and Joshua Cody Case of Candler, were charged with a statutory violation. Case was also charged with carrying a firearm within a city park.  

Bringing firearms to a demonstration violates North Carolina General Statute14-277.2, "Weapons at Parades, Etc., Prohibited," according to APD.This statutehas not been enforced at other events in the state.The incident is still under investigation and APD is encouraging anyone with more information to call the department at 828-252-1110.

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