Bearing Arms Outside The Home In Grave Danger

North Carolina Bill becomes vital after leftist 9th Circuit decides against ‘bearing’ arms outside the home.

Constitutional Carry
Bearing Arms Outside The Home In Grave Danger
Grass Roots North Carolina
Grass Roots North Carolina

North Carolina –-(Ammoland.com)-  Second Amendment advocates suffered a setback last week when the full panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Peruta v. San Diego decided that California’s draconian restrictions on concealed carry – including demonstrating a “need” before being issued a permit – did not violate the Second Amendment.

Yes, the leftists of the Ninth Circuit are the most often overturned in the country. But with Antonin Scalia’s seat now vacant on the US Supreme Court, appealing the Peruta decision would likely end up with a 4-4- split, leaving a precedent-setting ruling in place.

Translated, short of a Supreme Court appointment of a conservative justice, states are now effectively free to pass laws restricting concealed carry.

The problem is potentially acute in North Carolina because Section 30 of Article I of the North Carolina Constitution, in addition to essentially re-stating the Second Amendment, contains the following clause: “Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.”

Although a former (left wing) NC Supreme Court Justice once tried to claim that clause requires the legislature to restrict concealed carry (it does not), it does allow the legislature to do so.

The Solution

With GRNC support, Representative LARRY PITTMAN (R-Cabarrus, GRNC ****) just filed a “constitutional carry” bill, *HB 1148, for which he is recruiting sponsors. (The more sponsors he can get, the more likely it is that the bill will get a hearing.)

Rep. Pittman introduced a similar bill in 2015, but the bill died for lack of a committee hearing. Given the problem imposed on us by the leftists of the Ninth Circuit, the bill now becomes especially timely because it accomplishes the following:

  • Removes the “…nothing herein shall justify the practice of carry concealed weapons…” language from the NC Constitution.
  • Creates “constitutional” (permitless) concealed carry.
  • Keeps the current concealed handgun permit system intact in order to afford citizens reciprocity with other states and to enable citizens to carry in more sensitive areas.

* The previous GRNC Alert on this topic erroneously referred to the similar 2015 bill as HB 1148. Actually, the current constitutional carry bill is filed as HB 1148.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

CALL YOUR NC HOUSE REP: Tell them to sign up as a sponsor to Rep. Pittman’s Gun Rights Amendment, HB 1148. To find your NC House Representative, go to: http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx and type in your address above the interactive map.

EMAIL ALL NC HOUSE REPUBLICANS: Tell them to sign up as a sponsor to Rep. Pittman’s Gun Rights Amendment, HB 1148. Use the copy/paste message provided below, under ‘DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO ALL NC HOUSE REPUBLICANS.'

EMAIL SPEAKER TIM MOORE: at [email protected] and ask him to give Rep. Pittman’s bill a prompt committee hearing. Use the copy/paste message provided below, under ‘DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO NC HOUSE SPEAKER TIM MOORE.'

CONTACT INFO
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DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO ALL NC HOUSE REPUBLICANS!

(Use the copy/paste email list above)

Suggested Subject: “Co-sponsor HB 1148, a Gun Rights Amendment”

Dear NC House Republican:

With the recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld as constitutional California’s draconian restrictions on concealed carry, the gun rights of all Americans have never been in more danger. This is particularly true because, with the current 4-4 split in the U.S. Supreme Court, this egregious ruling is unlikely to be overturned, potentially ending the right to bear arms around the country as a practical matter.

This is very serious! This is no time for hesitation, and no time for half-measures. As a North Carolinian gun rights supporter, I demand that you do something to protect the people of this state from this latest, and quite ominous, anti-gun court ruling. I must insist that you join Representative Larry Pittman, and co-sponsor his constitutional carry bill, HB 1148.

Your co-sponsorship of HB 1148, and its ultimate passage, may be the only things that will protect the free citizens of North Carolina from becoming “subjects.” This Ninth Circuit ruling is not acceptable, it must be mitigated in every way possible, and we are counting on you.

I will be paying very close attention to your actions on HB 1148 through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.

Respectfully,

DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO NC HOUSE SPEAKER TIM MOORE

([email protected])

Suggested Subject: “Prompt Committee Hearing for HB 1148”

Dear Speaker Moore:

With the recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld as constitutional California’s draconian restrictions on concealed carry, the gun rights of all Americans have never been in more danger. This is particularly true because, with the current 4-4 split in the U.S. Supreme Court, this egregious ruling is unlikely to be overturned, potentially ending the right to bear arms around the country as a practical matter.

This is very serious! This is no time for hesitation, and no time for half-measures. As a North Carolinian gun rights supporter, I demand that you do something as The House Speaker to protect the people of this state from this latest, and quite ominous, anti-gun court ruling. I must insist that you ensure that Rep. Pittman’s Gun Rights Amendment, HB 1148, receives a hearing, and is placed on the fast-track to passage.

Your support for HB 1148, and its ultimate passage, are critical, and they are the only things that will protect the free citizens of North Carolina from becoming “subjects.” This Ninth Circuit ruling is not acceptable, it must be mitigated in every way possible, and we are counting on you.

I will be paying very close attention to your actions on HB 1148 through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.

Respectfully,

About:
Grass Roots North Carolina/Forum for Firearms Education is a non-profit, all volunteer organization devoted to educating the public about trends which abridge the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and engaging in grass roots activism to preserve those freedoms. Formed in 1994 to conduct a highly successful rally for the Second Amendment, GRNC has gone on to conduct projects like “Remember in November: A Gun Owner's Guide to Voting,” bringing concealed carry to North Carolina. Visit:www.grnc.org

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