North Carolina democrats push to safe-guard county revenues while allowing felons to purchase guns from local gun stores.
North Carolina House Democrats are siding with the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association in an attempt to block NC HB937.
The bill was voted up by a 31-14 margin in the State Senate. The bill requires the elimination of the handgun purchase permits and instead requires gun store owners to do an FBI background check at the moment the handgun is purchased.
The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association has decided to oppose the measure. Public safety is obviously not their reason for action – it’s the revenues.
Each purchase permit requires a fee for the application and another set of fees for each permit. The county sheriff’s are not ready to let that money disappear just for the sake of gun safety.
Now, House Democrats have decided that the Sheriffs are right and should be allowed to continue collecting fees for permits when instant background checks at the time of purchase would much better protect against illegal gun purchases.
Democrats claim to be for responsible gun control, but in this battle seem to be favoring big government and politics over the safety of the people.
Once a person has obtained a purchase permit, they can put the certificates in a drawer, go commit one or more felonies, serve a year or four in jail, come out and use those permits to legally purchase a firearm. If the pistol permit system – a 90+ year old system intended for when gun stores could not do their own checks – was not in-place, NC gun stores would have to do an FBI background check at purchase. The same felon the Democrats are giving a gun to would be prevented from purchasing a firearm and flagged to local law enforcement for even trying.
The almost 100 year old system is only in-place to provide local sheriffs with revenue. It is NOT about protecting the people. In fact, it is more dangerous than no law at all. It makes a gun store owner an unknowing accomplice in the provision of a firearm to a felon.
The NRA has been fighting hard for HB 937, but in the house the Democrats are requiring concessions in order to please the NC Sheriff’s Association. This bill may fail without public pressure.
It is time to contact the NRA-ILA and our local representatives and tell them that the pistol purchase permit provision must stay in the bill because if it is removed, Democrats will have protected the rights of criminals to get guns.
If you don’t call your representative, join the NRA and raise your voice.. you are allowing the Democrats to decide for you.