Advocacy matters: HB562 amended to keep pistol permit requirement

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Big salute to moms

You've been jerked around for weeks on this crazy piece of...legislation, but you've made the trip to Raleigh dozens of times, demonstrating professionalism and concern each time. I'm thinking some of you should actually work there, frankly, and 2016 is right around the corner...

No armed legislators

One of the many scary provisions of the original bill was to allow our legislators, several of whom have demonstrated that they're not all that stable, to carry guns on the House and Senate floor. From WRAL's coverage:

Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, who authored the provision as a separate bill, said concealed weapons are a deterrent to potential violence at the legislature, noting a 2011 incident in which same-sex-marriage advocates burst onto the House floor, as well as the more recent Moral Monday protests.

Say what?!? So Jeff Collins is saying that if he had just had a gun, he could have shot some of the same-sex marriage advocates and Moral Monday protestors?

This is why legislators shouldn't be armed. And it's why we need pistol permits -- there are some unstable people who shouldn't be allowed to have guns. I'm not naming names, Jeff Collins.

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