14-50.42. Real property used by criminal street gangs declared a public nuisance: abatement.

(a) Public Nuisance. - Any real property that is erected, established, maintained, owned, leased, or used by any criminal street gang for the purpose of conducting criminal street gang activity, as defined in G.S. 14-50.16(c), shall constitute a public nuisance and may be abated as provided by and subject to the provisions of Article 1 of Chapter 19 of the General Statutes.

(b) Innocent Activities. - The provisions of this section shall not apply to real property used for criminal street gang activity where the owner or person who has legal possession of the real property does not have actual knowledge that the real property is being used for criminal street gang activity or the owner is being coerced into allowing the property to be used for criminal street gang activity. (2008-214, s. 3; 2012-28, ss. 1, 2.)