Country Artist, Jamey Johnson, Cancels House Of Blues Concert after Venue Ban Guns

By Mark Walters

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- It’s funny, this social media thing. Which stories will get legs and which ones won’t? You just never know.

See, I’m always researching and mining for interesting content to talk about on the air and also to post on the AAR Facebook pages, etc. After reading the Breitbart News piece written by my good friend and on-air, 2A political analyst, Dr. AWR Hawkins about country artist Jamey Johnson’s canceled show at the Myrtle Beach House of Blues this past Friday, July 23rd 2017, I posted it.

Just how much response it would get, I had no idea. Hours after placing the story on the AAR Facebook page, it's been shared hundreds and hundreds of times has reached nearly a quarter million folks and continues growing. Naturally, this story has appealed to those of us concerned about our CCW rights and emphasizes just how much we care about the issue when denied our right to carry by a private establishment.

You may or may not have heard about the incident so if not, here’s the “crib-note” version. It appears that HOB placed a metal detector between the band’s bus and the artist entrance to the venue. Jamey refused to be disarmed and was denied entry into the club without going through the detector. As a result, concert promoter Live Nation and HOB announced the cancellation of the show after each party “stuck to their guns.” Drummer, TC Coleman, made the following statement regarding the incident:

“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 didn’t need to treat us like we were terrorist. They put a medal(sic) 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.”

While much is being made of the incident, it’s quite simple and boils down to one thing. Jamey Johnson, a USMC veteran, refused to enter a “gun-free” establishment, the venue wouldn’t compromise its “safety rules,” (which they could have under SC law), and as a result, there would be no show (not at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach anyway). That’s the way it’s supposed to work: Try to enter a venue, find out it’s a posted “gun-free” zone, leave and take with you the revenue stream you would have provided the anti-rights, bigots. In South Carolina, the CCW law regarding places being “off-limits” to permit holders includes:

10. Place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon on the premises pursuant to Sections 23-31-220 and 23-31-235. 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. A person who violates a provision of this item, whether the violation is willful or not, may only be charged with a violation of Section 16-11-620 and must not be charged with or penalized for a violation of this subsection. Except as provided for in item (10), a person who willfully violates a provision of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both, at the discretion of the court and have his permit revoked for five years.

From the above section of SC code, the HOB management could have easily provided Jamey permission to carry while performing. They apparently chose not to do so, and the result was no concert played by Jamey Johnson and his band.

So, that begs the following question. If I’m a paying customer, who deserves my anger for not being able to get what I paid for with my hard-earned money? Johnson? HOB? The state of SC? That’s easy. It wasn’t Johnson who refused to play, it was the HOB and concert promoters that didn't want him on the stage, and concert goers need look no further than Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues and their policy when seeking to vent their anger.

I could go on about this all day but here’s the bottom line:

Jamey is an American with a constitutional right to bear arms. The private establishment also has the right to refuse entry (read: discriminate) to anyone carrying a gun. They can make exceptions under SC law and apparently chose not to do so. We, on the other hand, have the right to tell HOB to go pound salt, or whatever other colorful phrases you might like to insert. Have fun with that one!

About Mark Walters

Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)

  • 20 thoughts on “Country Artist, Jamey Johnson, Cancels House Of Blues Concert after Venue Ban Guns

    1. ExGob, respectfully I have to disagree. Katie Curoc (sic?) advanced the same “fault” about not having background checks and was caught in her attempt to edit the interview with gun rights supporters in Virginia. In reality, the answer to both concerns is that law abiding citizens will follow and obey the law and criminals will not…no matter how many background checks and permits are required to encumber the law abiding folks. Criminals are criminals and you will rarely preempt their illegal actions with bureaucratic hoops and inane laws. Such things are only good at ensnaring otherwise law abiding people and discouraging them from exercising their Constitutional and other Rights! Al Capone killed a lot of people before they got him for tax evasion. Do you really think your garden variety sleazy low level criminal will worry about not complying with background checks and permits? I mean, they’re ready to kill you for the $20 in your pocket. They won’t think twice about breaking bureaucratic and regulatory dictates. Again, referencing the situation in the Republic of Kalifornia, the only people who don’t have guns on the streets are the law abiding. Or, as stated on bumper stickers for decades, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” If you don’t believe this, ask some of the (former) gun owners in Australia, Canada, UK, et AL.

    2. Bravo to this artist! We need to vote with our feet (and wallets) more often against those trying to bully us into surrendering our God-given right of self-defense.

    3. This is another of those situations where we are confronted with the distinction between ‘public’ and ‘private’. Jamey had every right and reason for his response to the requirements of the property owners. However, the owners had the right to establish those requirements and to modify them at will.

      While it’s not really clear whether this venue applied the rules to everyone who set foot on the property, or just to the band members, ( which they had the right to do) one thing is perfectly clear: If you want paying customers to patronize your business, you must temper your requirements to fit the wants and needs of the audience and the entertainment providers as well. If you can’t have both, you won’t need either.

      With respect to 2A, ATTABOY, JAMEY, YOU DID WELL! You are to be commended.

    4. I’ll never go to HOB again…and we go to MB several times a year. I’ll be sure to tell all of my friends ss well.

    5. I’m only a casual fan of country music, but this has inspired me to check this guy’s stuff out. I like it.

    6. The CCW permit is a state or U.S. government issued permit, it is only given to those who have had a thorough background check AND PASSED, It should be honored ANYWHERE at ANY TIME. The problem isn’t with the legal CCW carriers, it’s the NON permitted, illegal carry criminals… The metal detectors are a great and welcome thing to “possibly” stop the illegal carry people, but leave the LEGAL carry citizens alone. KUDOS to Jamey, for standing his ground.

      1. While I agree with most of your thinking and I am a staunch supporter of 2A, we need to remember that this took place on private property where the property owners were well within their rights to deny gun carry on their property, regardless of who issued the carry permit. A gun carry permit does not automatically allow you to carry anywhere and everywhere at any time without denial. We certainly should not attempt to mandate that property owners must allow permitted persons to carry handguns onto their properties. A permit to carry a gun cannot override an owner’s rights relative to the property he owns. All we can do is refuse to patronize them if we can’t keep our guns with us. My carry permit was issued by the Tennessee Dept. of Safety and I do not patronize any place with a ‘No Guns Allowed’ sign on it’s entrance doors.

        Jamey reacted exactly as he should have; he refused to perform at the venue.

    7. AMEN. Thank You Jamey Johnson for standing up for US folks that support OUR constitutional rights! God Bless.

    8. @jtr, You write, “… It appears this is a case of Jamey getting pissy with the venue for even subjecting him to a metal detector, …” Yeah… well, good for him!

    9. I think you might have your facts wrong. Another member of the band stated that nobody in the band was carrying.

      “Melonie Cannon, who is in Johnson’s band, wrote a comment on the venue’s thread stating that “no one in our band or crew carried a gun in that building… FYI.””

      It appears this is a case of Jamey getting pissy with the venue for even subjecting him to a metal detector, with the fans being the ones to suffer from his unprofessionalism.

      1. So? The “fact” was they weren’t allowed to carry, an exercise of their rights. In what sort of PC world did the writer get his facts wrong?

      2. I dont know if you are a supporter or anti 2A rights. Backing down is cowardice, pure and simple, regardless if you are carrying or not. Too many 2A people are willing to give up their rights in order to get along with the anti’s. I suspect many of his fans will support him even more after this.

      3. no one carried a gun “in that building” because they were prohibited doing so by the management.

        If the venue are so concerned about “SAAAAAAAAAFFFFffffffetyyy” let them detect the concealed weapons, then examine the Mother M\ay I Cards of those who are carrying them.

        Permit holders are six times more law abiding than police officers. And that statistic is skewed because by far the large majority of lawbreaking incidents with lw enforcement officers are swept under the run and never are prosecuted. Reality is more likley ten or more times less involved in crime.
        So, having a gun AND a Mother May I Card puts one in a class of all but vanishing frequency of lawbreaking.

        Of course, anyone fuond with a handgun on their him and NO Mother May I Card is someone that should be VERY closel examined.

      4. My right to carry is guaranted by the US, and most stte, constitutions. The property owners “right” to declare his joint a Certified Disarmed Victim Zone is tenuous at best, dependent upon a stte law that infringes the Constituitution AND can be replealed tomorrow. Which one is a fundamental right?

        1. No one has a ‘fundamental’ right to do anything on another person’s property without the property owner’s sanction. If his ‘property’ happens to be a business, he has the right set visitation restrictions and requirements at will.

          Again, I strongly support 2A, but anyone who thinks a gun carry permit and the 2A provision of our Constitution allows for ‘wherever I please’ carry, needs to do some in-depth study of federal carry laws and the laws of states as well.

          If 2A really allowed everything most of us think it should, we wouldn’t need a permit to carry in ANY state. So don’t be fooled by what you think your permit allows.

          The United States Of America is still the greatest country on planet Earth, but we absolutely must have sensible laws and law enforcement.

          1. Wrong! All citizens have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the right of self defense to protect our lives. But unfortunately yes, our “Mother may I” cards have very specifications for our rights hence you have Kalifornia with its “may issue” permits and and no open carry so they have effectively curtailed citizens right to defend their lives. That’s the reason Constitutional Carry is the only thing that conforms to the rights elaborated and provided for in our constitution. It’s really simple when you reference the real meaning of the constitution, including especially the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, common sense is not that common in today’s PC world!

            1. Sure, we all have inalienable rights assigned and guaranteed by our Constitution and reenforced by our Bill Of Rights. However, there are many, many United States citizens, non-citizens, illegal aliens, etc. who would greatly increase our crime and death rates if everyone were allowed to carry a gun without question. If we do not have a provision to vet a potential gun carrier, how are we going to know who does and who does not meet the criteria? Just being in our country is not enough, and that is the flaw with Constitutional Carry. Certainly we can vet them after the fact, if we can catch them, but the whole idea behind a permit to carry is to weed out as many undesirables as possible in our attempts to reduce the gun crimes rates in The United States.

              The ‘sensible’ laws that I allude to are those designed to protect the rights of all citizens. Having a gun permit and/or carrying a gun, does not permit us to legally infringe on anyone else’s rights.

              In The USA, it’s not such a big thing about carrying a gun. But when you pull that gun, it’s a whole ‘nother smoke.

            2. @Ex Gob, You write, “Sure, we all have inalienable rights assigned and guaranteed by our Constitution and reenforced by our Bill Of Rights. ” That fundamental misunderstanding leads you to ” … if everyone were allowed to carry a gun…” Your conclusion that someone or some entity “allows” one to bear a firearm is incorrect. Your feet are on the wrong path with many wrong conclusions to follow. Sorry brother.

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