FPC Demand End of N.C. Weapons Ban Order Issued Due to Hurricane Florence

Gun Confiscation Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans
Gun Confiscation Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans

WILMINGTON, NC & SACRAMENTO, CA-(Ammoland.com)- Today, Firearms Policy Coalition and Firearms Policy Foundation announced a pre-litigation demand letter sent today to the Town of Leland, North Carolina, regarding the municipality’s order banning some lawful and constitutionally protected firearm-related conduct in advance of Hurricane Florence. Yesterday, the Town issued an order stating that, “Effective at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, the transportation or possession, or the sale or purchase of any dangerous weapon or substance, while off one’s own premises, is prohibited.”

CNN reported today that Jeff Byard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency associate administrator, said Tuesday morning that “it is going to be … a long-term recovery. This is not going to be a storm that we recover from in days.” The “monster” hurricane is expected to make landfall in North Carolina this week, and some are expecting “massive damage.”

“As our demand letter explains, disasters and potential disasters are prima facia reasons to protect the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for all lawful purposes, including self-defense and hunting,” said FPC President and FPF Chairman Brandon Combs. “They are not political opportunities to restrict these crucial constitutional rights.”

The civil rights groups say that the order is unconstitutional. In addition to expressing concerns about the order’s impact on Second Amendment rights, the demand letter characterized the Town’s order as “unconstitutionally vague,” saying that it “sets the stage for arbitrary or discriminatory enforcement since those enforcing the prohibition could apply various and conflicting interpretations.”

“The Town’s prohibition could well increase vulnerability to damage, injury, or loss of life or property, by chilling the otherwise lawful use and possession of firearms and ammunition in the protection of oneself or one’s property during these times – rights expressly preserved under the state law in the event of such states of emergency,” the demand letter argues.

“Leland’s State of Emergency Notice should immediately be amended to strike the offending language creating this unlawful and unconstitutional weapons prohibition. Should the Town fail to do so, and/or attempt to enforce the same against any resident, it stands exposed to civil actions for declaratory and injunctive relief, and monetary damages,” said attorney Raymond DiGuiseppe on behalf of the groups.

If any person is subjected to the Town of Leland’s order, they can submit a report to the FPF/FPC Legal Action Hotline at www.firearmpolicy.org/hotline or by calling (855) 252-4510. They can also contact FPC and FPF’s Wilmington, North Carolina-based counsel, The DiGuiseppe Law Firm, P.C., by phone at (910) 713-8804.

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Firearms Policy Foundation (www.firearmsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPF’s mission is to defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights, privileges and immunities deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms.

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Jim Hovater

Any bets on whether or not the Mayor has an armed protection detail? He obviously didn’t learn anything from Katrina.


And that massive Cat IV storm has now dropped down to a Cat II and may ONLY be Cat I by the time it really hits.


You have more rights in Communist countries than you have in North Carolina.


I guess you can’t have any gasoline or propane tanks in your truck in Leland.


Wow. Enjoy the Supreme Court NC.

Joseph P Martin

Good laws should be obeyed, bad laws should not. When enough people refuse to obey and ENFORCE bad laws, then the laws will become mute and eventually changed. Voting is the best way to change a bad law, but that only works when the “system” isn’t corrupt or broken.

Jason Rist

Jury nullification. And people just ignoring them in general.

Terry Nixon

Where is the NRA? Bankrupcy Court?

Paul Hyland

you can ignore any unconstitutional law. You will just have to battle the corrupt system if you are charged.


Against all enemies foreign and domestic


Against all enemies -foreign and DOMESTIC !

Robert L McCord

This order violates NC State law.

James G.

Another excuse for liberal gun control… Unconstitutional??? It doesn’t matter to the useless libtards.

Wild Bill

@JG, Yep, the elites are just using the storm to get us used to, unquestioningly, following their orders.

Robert Barrett

The Elites and the Government can and most likely did make this storm…….


Coming to a town near you the way things are going, Gets worse every time ya turn around.
Bunch’a liberal nut jobs.

Kenneth Waggoner

I don’t believe I’ve read anywhere in the 2nd Amendment anything about hurricanes, I do think though I read something about SHALL NOT INFRINGE, so let’s just stick to that shall we.

Richard Lindgren

No kidding. If you put the word “infringe” in a context related to any other liberties, the Pinko’s would be in an uproar. SHALL NOT INFRINGE leaves no room for interpretation.