NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A man who shows motorcycle stunts at New Hanover County schools said he was told he couldn’t do it anymore without an expensive insurance policy and that ‘he thinks it’s because he owns a business that sells guns. .
“People have to understand what we are losing, what could be lost if we do not speak.”
For the past 10 years, Wilmington resident Dane Britt has presented motorcycle stunt shows along the East Coast, including schools in New Hanover County.
“In the show, there is always a message,” said Britt. “So the message is always some kind of positive message, whether it’s just empowering, or chasing your dreams, or crushing your goals, or just trying to be a good person.” . “
Britt owns DB Guns and Ammo in Monkey Junction and raises money for free shows through this venture.
At the end of March, he posted videos from recent shows on the gun store’s Facebook page.
He said that was when he first heard the school district’s concerns.
“The initial response was I couldn’t have my videos on my work page because they didn’t want anyone to think New Hanover County schools were supporting guns,” he said. .
Britt did not remove the videos. He said a few days later he heard about the school system again.
They took a step back and said, ‘Well, we can’t do these shows, we have to take you out of all the shows that you’ve booked right now at New Hanover County schools because you don’t. don’t have the proper insurance, ”said Britt.
Britt says the insurance is a million dollar liability policy for each show. Two million dollars in auto coverage for every bike used and workers’ comp coverage for everyone who plays.
“The problem with this is that there are no workers, there is no one who is paid, there is no… no one is making money,” he said. .
New Hanover County schools denied that these new insurance requirements had anything to do with Britt’s gun business and sent the following response:
“We were informed by our insurance company on April 15, 2021, that events of this nature by anyone or carried out by any company require an increased level of coverage.”
Britt has said safety is the number one priority on his shows and he hopes to find a solution that works for everyone.
“Children are the reason we do this,” he said. “It’s not for politics, it’s not for someone else to have any gain.”
A member of the education council called Britt tonight and said he was encouraged by their conversation.
We are working to obtain a copy of the insurance requirements.