- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pro-gun rocker Ted Nugent is denying a report that he instituted a last-minute firearms ban at his concert in Roanoke, Virginia, on Tuesday night.

“Dear God in heaven & damn the fakenews lying bastards!” the 69-year-old guitarist wrote on Facebook. “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.”

Mr. Nugent was referring to a news story by local NBC affiliate WSLS, which reported Wednesday that people with guns were turned away at the Berglund Performing Arts Theater despite being told earlier that guns were allowed.

“The Berglund Center said because it is city owned, it can’t keep guns out unless the performers are the ones who request it, and that it was actually in Nugent’s contract all along, but was in a sub-contract between Nugent and his promoter that wasn’t shared with Berglund Center management until the last minute,” WSLS reported.

“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 said. And Nugent’s people said, “Uh, no, our agreement says no,’” Ms. Schon said.

The report said security came out and informed people waiting in line that pat-downs would be performed and that they would need to leave their firearms in the car. Ms. Schon told the station that two patrons with guns were turned away at the door.

“Roanoke police would not say if there had been any specific or credible threats to the event, only that there had been lots of attention leading up to it and they wanted to be prepared,” the report said.

The concert had been protested in the weeks leading up to the event, including a call for a boycott against the Berglund Center by gun-control activist Andy Parker, whose daughter Allison was gunned down during a live TV report for Roanoke CBS affiliate WDBJ in 2015.

Mr. Nugent dedicated a song Tuesday night to the “dumb f–” protesters like Mr. Parker.

“So go ahead and protest, because the freedom of speech allows you to let the whole world know just what a piece of s– you are,” he said on stage, Yahoo reported. “So you know what? I’m gonna pray for him anyway. Because I’ve lost friends, and I grieve.”

Despite his denial of the gun ban, Ms. Schon told WSLS, “we stand by what we said Tuesday night and that is the end of our Ted Nugent story.”

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