The station reported that it was the motor city madman’s management team that made the call not to allow guns into the Berglund Center in Roanoke because as a city-controlled property it cannon ban gun unless a performer requests it.
“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,'” Berglund Center General Manager Robyn Schon told the station. “And Nugent’s people said, ‘Uh, no, our agreement says no.’”
Video taking from the concert shows concertgoers being asked to return firearms to their vehicles and being patted down before entry.
“Given the things that have happened in nightclubs like the Pulse and what happened in Manchester, (Nugent’s) security people are taking extra precautions,” Schon continued. “They are not novices; they are very seasoned people.”
Schon said that two fans did have their guns turned away at the door.
Meanwhile, The Nuge is calling the report “fakenews [sic].”
“Dear God in heaven & damn the fakenews lying bastards! I gave the direct order tonight that guns were absolutely welcome to my concert. The media cannot be trusted. They are consumed with hate and dishonesty,” said Nugent on Facebook Wednesday.
“We had a phenomenal concert tonight as I offered prayers for the soulless crazed hateful protesters,” added Uncle Ted. “America be aware that the media is infested with America haters and liars. Meanwhile thank you Roanoke for a wonderful #6703 ultimate rockout! God bless you all. To hell with the lying punks.”
News 10 said that while some folks were upset about the gun-free zone, no one would go on camera to complain. The majority, however, were fine leaving their guns in their vehicles, according to the report.
“I don’t have a problem with that at all. I think you can look around and see this is an orderly crowd and I didn’t anticipate anything else,” Nugent fan Tom Miller told the station.
Reading the comments on Nugent’s Facebook page, there are responses from folks who said they were at the concert and that while it’s true that guns were banned, it wasn’t because of Ted but because the venue was serving alcohol.
“I was there, Ted… The lady outside said you requested that no guns be brought inside, then turned around and said it was because alcohol was served,” wrote Jason Craft
“Funny, the news article didn’t say anything at all about that, huh? Don’t worry, most people are fed up with the fake news of the day!! It’s no wonder the media can’t be trusted,” Craft continued.
Ted was directly asked by a Facebook follower about whether guns would be allowed at an upcoming show in Nashville. To which, Ted replied, “It is always up to the facility and the local laws.”