The liberal establishment is in yet another panic over new legislation passed by the General Assembly which strengthens Second Amendment Rights. House Bill 937, co-sponsored by Representative Bell, was signed into law by Governor McCrory on July 29.
Doesn’t the new law increase the number of places people with concealed carry permits can bring their weapons?
Yes, and that’s a good thing. Contrary to what the media wants us to know, almost every public mass shooting that has taken place in this country has occurred in a so-called “gun-free zone.” Since the implementation of the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1995, there has been a 370% increase in the rate of school shooting deaths.
Ironically, it’s misguided liberal gun control policies that continue to place innocent lives at risk. Expanding the number of places where concealed-carry holders can legally have their weapons could have saved lives, such as with the recent shootings at schools like Virginia Tech. Instead, many innocent lives have been lost because they were left unprotected and vulnerable to violent criminals.
But don’t more guns lead to more crime?
Our neighbor to the north, Virginia, has recently seen a substantial reduction in crime rates as more and more law-abiding citizens there become gun owners. As firearms sales in the state rose 16% over last year, major gun crimes fell 5%. And according to Professor Thomas R. Baker, who specializes in research methods and criminology theory at Virginia Commonwealth University, this provides yet more evidence that more guns don’t necessarily lead to more crime.
The advocates of gun control tend to make the mistake of characterizing anyone who carries a firearm as a criminal. Citizens who are permitted to carry concealed handguns in North Carolina must undergo a rigorous safety training program and be schooled on the state’s extensive firearms laws. This strengthens the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend their lives and the lives of the innocent.
John Lott of National Review reports that “Guns are used defensively some 2 million times each year. Even though the police are extremely important in reducing crime, they simply can’t be there all the time, and virtually always arrive after the crime has been committed. Defending oneself with a gun is by far the safest course of action when one is confronted by a criminal.”
How many concealed carry holders are there in NC?
There are roughly 300,000 concealed carry permit holders in North Carolina. Chances are you probably know someone who has a concealed carry permit.
Does this new law do anything to punish gun crimes?
The new law increases the punishment on felons who use or even brandish a gun by adding up to 72 months to their sentences — and it also creates an “armed habitual offender” status for felons who commit multiple firearm-related crimes.
Does this new law do anything to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people?
Yes — the law now allows gun stores to assist in identifying mentally ill people. Legal findings of mental incapacity will now be reported to the National Criminal Record Database to better protect the public.
Where can a person with a concealed carry permit take their gun now that they couldn’t before?
Concealed carry permittees may now bring weapons to restaurants and other places that sell alcohol, unless it’s prohibited by the owner of the establishment. And to alleviate the confusion and inconsistencies that occur when local liberal city councils try to restrict Second Amendment Rights, the new law clarifies that permit holders may possess their firearms at public recreation areas and events. This will ensure equal treatment throughout the state as to how these laws are applied.
Additionally, concealed carry permittees are now allowed to secure their weapon in a locked vehicle (inside a separate closed container) at any public school or university.
Isn’t mixing alcohol and guns a bad idea?
It’s a terrible idea — that’s why concealed carry permittees have always been prohibited from consuming alcohol (or having any amount of alcohol present in their system at all) while they are carrying a weapon. The amended guns laws leave this important prohibition in place.
But don’t most other states ban conceal carry in bars?
Actually, only four states still ban carrying guns in places that serve alcohol.
What does it take to get a concealed carry permit in NC?
- You must successfully complete an approved firearms safety and training course which involves the actual firing of handguns and instruction in the law governing the carrying of a concealed handgun and the use of deadly force;
- You have to be at least 21;
- You have to be a citizen of the U.S. and has been a resident of the State for at least 30 days immediately prior to filing the application;
- You can’t suffer from a physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun;
- You can’t be ineligible under federal or state law to possess, receive, or own a firearm;
- You can’t currently or have ever been adjudicated or have been administratively determined to be lacking mental capacity or mentally ill;
- You can’t have been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces;
- You can’t ever have been found guilty or have had a judgment continued or suspended sentence for a violent misdemeanor;
- You can’t ever have had a judgment continued or been set free on bond or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal, or sentencing for a disqualifying criminal offense;
- And you can’t have been convicted of an impaired driving offense within three years prior to the date on which the application is submitted.
OK. What else does the law do?
In another measure to protect your Second Amendment rights, the new firearms law protects the privacy of law-abiding citizens by making handgun permits and concealed carry permits confidential — and no longer subject to public records requests. This will prohibit the disclosure of personal information by liberal media outlets, as happened recently with the Journal News, The New York Times, and WRAL-TV in Raleigh.
The Journal News came under fire for publishing an online map containing the names and addresses of licensed concealed carry gun owners in two New York counties. And in White Plains, NY, a home was burglarized in an attempt to steal firearms from a gun owner whose name and address had been published by the paper. WRAL in Raleigh used information from the concealed handgun database to allow its readers to look up the home addresses of legal gun permit holders — essentially treating innocent, law-abiding gun owners the same as convicted sex offenders.