The North Carolina Senate has tentatively passed a bill that allows gun owners to carry concealed handguns in more places and also does away with some archaic gun laws that restrict law abiding citizens.
Guns would be allowed in bars and restaurants and on school campuses under a proposal that passed a Senate vote on Tuesday. The bill would make it legal for concealed carry permit holders to keep guns in locked vehicles on university grounds.
The measure repeals a law that requires North Carolina gun citizens to obtain a purchase permit for $5 from the county Sheriff before a handgun can be purchased. This is only for handguns and not for shotguns or rifles, but as North Carolina resident myself I know how annoying it is to have to get the permit and wait a few days before purchasing a handgun.
Just to show you how archaic this law really is, it was originally written to keep black people from buying firearms, according to Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell. The senator also says this law provided a loophole for people later convicted of crimes to use the previously purchased permit to buy a firearm.
The new bill also allows gun owners to carry concealed in more public places like parades, playgrounds, funeral processions, places that serve alcohol, and events that charge admission. In these events that are privately held the owners can still prohibit the carrying of firearms, however.
Democrats say the measure encourages more gun violence. Republican counter that the bill protects responsible gun owners from criminals. And WE say that the 2nd amendment was written for all free citizens and that more law abiding citizens carrying firearms mean a safer environment for everyone.
The Senate’s changes also allow concealed-carry permit holders to store weapons in locked cars on the campus of any public university or school. This is the topic that many democrat lawmakers are fighting, and even some police chiefs and campus security staff are saying that allowing guns in locked cars will lead to more break-ins and gun violence.
Paul Valone of Grassroots North Carolina says, “We’ve been trying for many years to get a provision under which concealed handgun permit holders who’ve proven themselves sane, sober, and law-abiding, to protect themselves in restaurants, on educational property, and elsewhere.”
And meanwhile the anti-gunners are back to making up statistics again (wonder where they learned to do that). Gail Neely from North Carolinians Against Gun Violence said,
“90 percent of the people in North Carolina have been polled to show that they support stronger gun regulation…that’s gun owners, hunters, its carry-concealed weapons people…and it’s non-gun owners.”
Where did she get those figures? Probably from the same place she got the idea that gun control actual makes us safer.