If you own a farm, you had better wake up and understand how close you are to being fined for having more than 10 people on your farm in a farm building. Please take time to either go to www.ncga.state.nc.us or Google N.C. House Bill 780. This bill was sponsored by Harold Brubaker of Randolph County. You will need to read the entire bill, not just the summary paragraph at the beginning, paying special attention to section 3. Do not let the title or wording of the first part about equine farms throw you off. Point blank, it states ALL farm buildings come under this new law. You must install high-pressure sprinkler systems and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your farm buildings. And get this, no farm building, no matter when built, will be grandfathered in.
It is my opinion that this is the true form of the government’s long arm of the law having rules to keep any country folks from assembling on their own property. No matter if it is a birthday party, barbecue, family reunion or any other gathering of more than 10 people in your farm building or shed, you could be fined and penalties assessed against you. If this law is allowed to stand, we loose a right of ownership of our property and the right to assemble for whatever we wish to have on our property. All it would take is for your neighbor or anyone else to get upset for whatever reason and report to the code enforcers that there were more than 10 people on your property and the fines would begin.
I understand that this law is already being enforced, and several horse-riding rinks under open sheds in North Carolina have been shut down. Is your farm building next?
We, as farmers, who have worked hard for what we have, need to band together, write our representatives, our county commissioners or whoever in political office can help with getting this law rewritten.
I leave you with this: When was the last time you ever heard of a fire out in the country killing numerous people? Most country folks run to a fire, not run over each other getting away from one.