From the Governor on firearm regulations and school shootings

This is what responsible leadership sounds like:

In North Carolina, we also need to strengthen the background check system to make our communities safer and keep guns from violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. Right now, anyone buying a handgun in our state has to apply for a permit through the local sheriff’s office, a process that includes a federal background check and an OK from the sheriff. This system allows time for appropriate checks to take place before someone can legally buy a handgun. But our law has a glaring loophole since this background check and permit process isn’t required to buy an assault weapon like an AR-15, the weapon used in Parkland. It should be.

Honestly, this seems like a no-brainer. No matter how the right-wing gun-nutters twist, equating an AR-15 with a hunting rifle or shotgun is patently absurd. Hell, you can't even duck hunt unless your shotgun is plugged to only hold three shells, but thirty high-velocity rounds in each clip is "just fine"? Here's more, which will no doubt infuriate the Ammosexuals:

Background checks are an important part of keeping guns out of the wrong hands, but they are only as good as the information in the database. To ensure that we are doing our part to make background checks more effective, I’ve directed the State Bureau of Investigation to undertake a comprehensive inventory of the quality of information our state shares with the federal background check system. If critical information our state should be reporting is missing, we need to know and we need to change that.

Right now, it appears as though the federal government is moving to ban so-called ‘bump stocks.’ If that effort falls through, we should take action in North Carolina to ban these devices, which turn semi-automatic guns into machine guns. This type of accessory was used in the Las Vegas shooting last year to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. We don’t need these devices in our state.

Here's a question for readers: How many of you were even aware about bump-stocks prior to the Las Vegas massacre? I wasn't, and I follow this stuff more than the average person who doesn't sleep with a carbine snuggled beside him. Gun-nuts kept that one on the down-low, because even they knew it was some crazy shit, but really didn't care. It's long past time we stop letting these radical paranoid adult children dictate our public safety policy, and the only way to do that is to get rid of GOP demagogues who answer their call.

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