http://www.wxii12.com/news/22487153/detail.html Residents Fumed Over Weekend Alcohol, Firearm Ban King State Of Emergency Lifted Monday POSTED: 5:18 pm EST February 6, 2010 UPDATED: 6:21 pm EST February 8, 2010 Bookmark and Share KING, N.C. -- Residents in King were fumed over the weekend after a state of emergency declaration restricted the sale of alcohol and the carrying of firearms in vehicles. King Police Chief Paula May said shes received hundreds of threats related to the restrictions, which banned driving from 12 a.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. The state of emergency for King was declared by members of the City Council after Stokes County authorities also declared a state of emergency. Under North Carolina law, May said, when a state of emergency is put into place that includes a ban on driving, the sale of alcohol and carrying of firearms in vehicles is also banned. I think theres been some misinterpretation that I personally have declared martial law and taken away peoples right to bear arms and thats erroneous, May told WXII reporter Jermont Terry. By law, statue 14-288.7 automatically went into effect. And that law which goes into effect when theres a state of emergency prohibits the transportation, purchase sale and possession of firearms other than on one's own premises. The news of the ban created a firestorm of criticism. This is absolutely the craziest thing I have ever heard. So far fetched that I am speechless! one post on WXII12.com read. This has to be the most ridiculous event of the century!!!!! This is the ultimate denial of liberties for the most asinine reason...bad weather!!! another poster wrote. May said officers did pull people over who were in violation of the curfew driving ban, but no tickets were issued. [King Police Chief Paula May] King Police Chief Paula May More We did find some people on the streets, May said. We didnt take any enforcement actions. We spoke to the people driving and helped them to get to where they needed to be. May wouldnt give details on the types of threats other than to say they had been phoned, faxed and e-mailed. We have to take them all serious and well investigate to the best of our ability and determine the source of those threats, she said. The state of emergency was lifted Monday morning.