Sunday, December 19, 2010

North Carolina's Emergency Law Attempts to Nullify Second Amendment

This is old news at this point, but seems a good idea to bring it up again because of changes in the NC State Legislature about to take place. On June 29, 2010, Paul Valone wrote an excellent article in the Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner entitled Gun Rights Legal Battle Shifts to North Carolina. He details the ways in which the North Carolina law allowing the Governor and even local Mayors to declare states of emergency harms legal gun owners.   When normal law and order break down, for whatever reason, and local gun owners band together to protect the citizens and their property, that group constitutes a militia. This is, of course, the time when having a gun available may be most needed.

In a recent development in the case, the Brady Campaign to disarm us all has filed a brief with the court.  David Codrea, the National Gun Rights Examiner discusses the brief at Anti-Defense Lobby Seeks to Nullify Second Amendment When It is Needed Most. Go read both articles.  Note, though, that your 2A rights can not be nullified, or taken away.  This is a natural right, granted by God.  The 2A only recognizes the right, as does the NC Constitution.

So, what has changed?  The main news has concentrated on committee chairmanships at the Federal level, and what Congress might do and not do.  But the State Legislature here has changed parties in both houses, and for the first time in over 100 years, Republicans control the agenda.  I don't expect much in the way of gun bills, though getting rid of gun prohibitions in the emergency law, and freeing up some of the restrictions on concealed carry in various places would not be out of the question.  The big things though are redistricting and getting our State budget under control.  We also need to get some of these Federal unfunded mandates lifted.

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