gun control

That Constitution thing

What if Connecticut passed a law that said that anyone who wished to sell guns had to attain NRA "high master" marksmanship rating for every kind of gun they sell and maintain that rating for 5 years? What if that caused all the gun stores to close up shop? What if the legislators defended this hypothetical law by saying, "Hey, we're not banning guns! Just keeping people safe!"

Well, of course, people of many persuasions would be up in arms (so to speak). The gun nuts would be frothing at the mouth. Because that would be a blatant attempt to do an end run around the Constitution and impose a stupid requirement on gun sellers that's unrelated to their vocation of selling guns, with a clear goal of putting gun stores out of business in Connecticut.

Still think guns in bars are a good idea?

BlueNC readers might recall that our extremist legislature, always on the lookout to appease gun manufacturers, passed a law this past July allowing concealed handguns in bars and restaurants where alcohol is served and college campuses.

Apparently upset that he was unable to grope a stripper, a customer at Gaston's Leather and Lace strip club decided to exercise his 2nd amendment rights.

Wayne County middle school uses fake gunman to "teach" lesson

Parents at Eastern Wayne Middle School are justifiably upset - school official sent a "fake" gunman into the school to "teach a lesson". The person - a student - wore a ski mask, carried a fake gun, and pretended to rob some of the students.

School officials said it was supposed to be an "enrichment exercise" to "teach students to be aware of their surroundings" but that they got "carried away".

That anyone working in a public school system would think this is appropriate says a great deal about the mindset in many rural parts of NC that can't seem to make the connection between guns and the consequences of gun violence.

Blog post on news story from the local Fox8 affiliate. (Wayne County, for those of you not familiar with points east in NC includes Kinston).

Save the Guns Law

Cary, N.C. —

A new state law could put guns that have been used in crimes back on the street.

The so-called Save the Guns Law, which went into effect Sept. 1, prohibits North Carolina law enforcement agencies from destroying most of the guns that are seized in criminal investigations or surrendered by owners.

Unless a weapon no longer works or lacks a valid serial number, police departments and sheriff's offices must either donate it to a museum, keep it for training or sell it to a federally licensed gun dealer – even if it was used in a crime.

"I think most victims' families don't want the firearms that have been used to hurt one of their loved ones to then be recirculated back in the community," said Rep. Duane Hall, D-Wake, who voted against the legislation...

--Laurie Leslie, WRAL.com

NC legislators sign ALEC Stand Your Ground letter

Think Progress reports that the American Legislative Exchange Council sent a letter, supposedly signed by 300 local legislators, to Senator Dick Durbin. Durbin wants to investigate the role of ALEC in crafting Stand Your Ground (aka Right to Be Shot and Killed by a Gun Nut) laws in over half of US states. The laws, for the most part, are copy and paste jobs of ALEC's model.

The letter was supposed to have carried the clout of about 300 state legislators who signed onto it, but, according to an investigation by progressive group by ProgressNow, many of the signatures on that letter were falsified or duplicated.

The group said it was signed by 293 elected officials. But, ProgressNow found, 55 of the signatures are “blatantly invalid.”
“[A] simple Google search found that seven of the signatures on the letter were unidentifiable, four were spouses of elected lawmakers, 35 of the signatures were duplications and one was an expletive rant,” said ProgressNow Research Director Brian Wietgrefe in a release.

Silly ALEC can't even tell the truth about letters it's sending Senators.

Several NC legislators are on the list. If you value the safety of yourself and your children - and abhor groups like ALEC buying and paying for your state legislators - keep these names in mind come election time.

Is that a Glock in your pocket?

Or are you just glad to see me?

The Republican-backed bill approved by the House and Senate on Tuesday allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars, restaurants and other places where alcohol is served, parades and funeral processions as long as owners or organizers don’t expressly forbid it. Permit holders can also carry their firearms at public recreation areas and playgrounds.

And this new law would allow hunting with silencers, which is a real head-scratcher. Aside from the fact it gives hunters the unfair advantage of multiple shots to bring down their quarry (not very sportsmanlike), it also prevents other hunters (or hikers, or campers, or farmers, or horseback riders, or ____) from being warned there's a firearm being used in the area. Then again, Republicans don't really understand or care about "safety", since God has already decided if you're going to live or die, and lawmakers have no business getting involved in such matters.

NC GOP: putting guns in the hands of convicted felons

Blinded by Second Amendment fervor:

Rep. John Faircloth, a Republican from High Point, questioned a provision that would consider multiple drug offenses as non-violent felonies, in some cases, allowing people to get their guns back. He said some criminals might have simply managed not to get caught over the ensuing years. “I have a problem with drug use and firearms coming together,” Faircloth told the bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Michael Speciale, a Republican from New Bern. “Does that not concern you at all?”

“Why penalize someone using drugs by taking away their weapons, taking away their right to protect their families and protect themselves?” Speciale said.

I've got a question for you, Einstein: who do you think are the primary victims of a drug abuser's desperate need for money to feed their addiction? That's right, their very own family. If you spent a fraction of the time studying this issue as you do worshiping at the altar of the almighty firearm, you'd realize just how stupid that comment was. He also doesn't believe repeat offenders should be denied the pleasure and pride of gun ownership:

The wishy-washy propaganda of NC's gun nuts

Caught up in a net of lies and misdirection:

Ironically, as documented by The Charlotte Observer, the law sheriffs defend is letting untold numbers of felons bypass background checks to buy guns. Why? Because the untrackable slips of paper issued by sheriffs after background checks can't be repealed and are good for 5 years. Eliminating the system would mean that checks using the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) would be done at the point of sale.

In this case, the gun lobby wants us to believe the NICS is a much better option than allowing local law enforcement to check out prospective gun buyers from their own county. You know, people these sheriffs may have to personally deal with down the road. But in other cases, the NICS is a useless tool worthy of contempt:

NC GOP ass-backwards on background checks

Compare and contrast the misplaced priorities of ideologically-driven Republicans:

The N.C. Sheriff's Association and N.C. Association of Police Chiefs are concerned about a measure -- House Bill 937 -- that would loosen gun controls, by repealing the requirement for a permit to buy a handgun and allowing guns in bars and on school property.

A bill that requires background checks for those seeking public assistance has cleared the Senate Judiciary I Committee. The bill requires local Departments of Social Services to ensure that welfare recipients are not fleeing felons.

Ignoring Federal guidelines in one case and eager to comply in the other, simply based on ideological impulse. And making our streets more dangerous in the process. Is this responsible leadership?

Keep Guns Off Campus petition

This craziness is happening right now:

The North Carolina State Senate is scheduled to vote on H937 at any moment - legislation that would allow for loaded, concealed guns on university and community college campuses, funerals, parades, public parks, restaurants, and bars. In addition, private sales of handguns, as often occur at gun shows, would no longer require a pistol purchase permit, and there would be no background check requirement.

We need to make our voices heard to the North Carolina State Senate that loaded, concealed guns don't belong on our college campuses or other public places.

Aside from being dangerously foolish, this also goes against the wishes of a super-super-majority of North Carolinians:

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