North Carolina –-(Ammoland.com)-The Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) Political Victory Fund made an excellent showing in the May 6 primary elections of the 42 districts targeted, with 27 wins, 14 losses and one candidate (Phil Berger, Jr., USH06R) winning but with less than 40% of the vote, mandating a run-off.
Particularly sweet were victories by pro-gun incumbent Larry Pittman (Cabarrus), who had been targeted by leadership for standing up for gun owners, and the win of an open seat in Catawba by founding GRNC board member Jay Adams. Also encouraging was a win in the Democrat primary for an open seat for Mecklenburg County Sheriff by concealed handgun instructor Irwin Carmichael.
Mecklenburg County residents have long been plagued by long delays in issuing gun permits and the refusal of sheriffs to sign Form 4s for Title firearms. Carmichael promises to rectify both.
Although GRNC-recommended Supreme Court candidate Jeanette Doran lost, in that three-way primary, one of the two candidates advancing to the General Election is Eric Levinson, who is nearly as good. GRNC-PVF will recommend Levinson in the General Election. With the exception of Robert Brawley (Iredell), all pro-gun incumbents in NC House and Senate races won re-election.
Unfortunately, gun owners lost a chance to unseat anti-gun Sheriff Bill Schatzman in Forsyth County when Schatzman apparently responded to GRNC-PVF mailings and calls against him by whining to (and receiving an endorsement from) the NRA.
NRA state liaison Anthony Roulette not only endorsed Schatzman just a week before the election, but lied to those who complained by telling them Schatzman supported repeal of our Jim Crow-era pistol purchase permit system. In truth, even the NRA in one of its own alerts last year blasted Schatzman for publicly saying he OPPOSED repealing the purchase permit system.
In 2011, Schatzman had illegally demanded employment information from concealed handgun permit applicants. In 2012, he imposed arbitrary “expiration dates” for training certificates. In 2013, he supported the NC Sheriff Association in removing the purchase permit repeal from HB 937. Challenger Dave Griffith promised to rectify all of that and would have signed Form 4s for Title II firearms, which Schatzman refuses to do. NRA members should use the contact information below to demand a public apology and the firing of Roulette.
GRNC-PVF EFFORTS ‘BY THE NUMBERS’
- 532 candidates evaluated through surveys, voting records and bill sponsorship;
- 41 primaries with pro-gun contenders covered, for the first time including sheriffs;
- 252,000 (yes, 252 thousand) email alerts and candidate recommendations issued;
- 49,000 mailings sent;
- 22,000 automated telephone alerts sent; and
- 45 radio spots which you can hear at grnc.org/pvf-radio-spots-2014
‘RELOADING’ FOR NOVEMBER
Electing pro-gun candidates this year could cost GRNC $100,000 or more!
GRNC is expanding the “Remember in November” project to distribute 175,000 voter guides covering all candidates for state and federal office, including sheriffs. Our new GRNC Judicial Project will inform you which judges will defend the Constitution.
But mailings and radio spots cost big money, even though we use your money more efficiently than others. Even email costs $2000+ per month when sent to hundreds of thousands. So please help GRNC mascot “Max” guard the Constitution by attending our “Celebrating Twenty Years of Victory” dinner and please consider additional donations by going to: http://www.grnc.org/grnc-pvf/donate-to-grnc-pvf
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
CALL THE NRA at 800-392-8683 on mornings between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM and demand they do two things: (1) Retract the Schatzman endorsement and (2) fire Anthony Roulette, the NRA representative who made it.
EMAIL NRA SPOKESPERSON KATELYN BLEDSOE at KBledsoe@nrahq.org and ask her whether Roulette is lying about Schatzman or simply too incompetent to know that his organization already blasted him over repeal of the pistol purchase law just last year. Here too, demand the firing of Roulette and retraction of the Schatzman endorsement.
About: Grass Roots North Carolina is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the freedoms guaranteed us by the Bill of Rights. Our main focus is the right to keep and bear arms. GRNC was central to drafting and passing North Carolina’s concealed handgun law and since that time has continued to push for improvements to gun laws. Visit:www.grnc.org