Archive for the ‘Firearms/Right to Carry’ Category
Much has happened this week in the North Carolina State Legislature and Col. Brenda Formo has covered it all. Katy’s Conservative Corner cannot thank her enough for her dedication and oversight to conservative causes.
This report helps many plan their legislative activities and know when to contact their elected officials. Formo had a distinguished career in the United States Army and we thank her for her service to our nation.
Writing on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women, Mrs. Formo is the State Vice-President of the Central Region. To find out how to join a Republican Women’s Club near you, please contact Valerie White.
Update: The Senate has schedule the final vote for Monday. They go into session at 7:00 p.m.
The North Carolina Senate Thursday tentatively approved a bill that allows citizens to stand their ground and defend themselves with deadly force when an intruder unlawfully enters their home, vehicle or place of business.
Under current law, citizens may be required to prove an intruder intended to harm or kill them or commit a felony before using deadly force to protect themselves and their property. Otherwise, they could be subject to criminal and civil penalties. The Castle Doctrine (SB 34) establishes that an unlawful entry in and of itself endangers the victims and provides legal justification for a forceful response.
“If someone forcibly breaks into your home, car or place of business, they’re not there to help you,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham). “Victims simply do not have time to call a lawyer and figure out a criminal’s intent. The split second response to an intruder could mean the difference between life and death. Criminals are not entitled to the benefit of the doubt at the expense of their victims.”
“Citizens should not be treated like criminals for defending their home, themselves or their family,” said Senator E.S. ‘Buck’ Newton (R-Wilson), a sponsor of the bill. “No one should be required by law to retreat from an unlawful intruder under any circumstances.”
Yes, we knew it would be coming, but Trout explains how Federal and even State lawmakers want to stop or limit the sales of high capacity magazines.
Lawmakers now appear interested in reinstating a ban that expired in 2004 which made it illegal to manufacture or sell ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds (also known as high-capacity ammunition clips). Loughner’s weapon had been modified to use this type of magazine.
Check out Trout’s post for the full story.
For other background, check out: NC Law Might Have Prevented Gun Sale from the Greensboro News and Record.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Tuesday, Congressman Heath Shuler (D-NC, 11), will start carrying a concealed handgun at public events in his district in response to Saturday’s shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Reporter Bill Theobald wrote that Shuler has worked hard to raise his profile on the House floor as leader of the moderate Democrats, known as the “Blue Dogs”. ” However, nothing he has done has gotten him as much attention as this…”
Theobald also wrote that Shuler obtained a concealed carry permit in 2009 after his life was threatened. ( The same happened to this blogger in 2007.)
Shuler was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2010, a group in which KCC is a longtime member.
Read the complete story, here.
According to the latest Townhall Spotlight, President Barack Obama quietly has banned the re-importation of millions of American-made M-1 Garand and Carbine rifles used during the Korean War. They are currently being stored in South Korea.
According to the National Association of Gun Rights,
these rifles were made in America, by Americans for Americans to defend freedom on foreign shores and are greatly sought after by American shooters and collectors.
Now State Department officials claim these antique, collector rifles could be used to commit crimes.
You can help NAGR help fight the Obama team. Go to their website and watch the video and sign the petition. Obama and his cronies are doing everything they can to take away our remaining freedoms. Let’s fight him every inch of the way.
In a letter to North Carolina members of the NRA, Grassroots Director Chris Cox wrote:
Richard Burr has fought the good fight and helped block attacks on the Second Amendment, day in and day out…He’ll be able to do even more to protect the Second Amendment in the next Congress. We need to send Richard Burr back to the Senate to continue to protect our rights from those who want to take them away.
Cox, writing on behalf of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, went on to say add some of Burr’s accomplishments in supporting our Second Amendment rights:
*Earned an “A” rating and endorsement from (an NRA group) for his unwavering record in the US Senate and House of Representatives for his unwavering record and commitment to preserving our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage
*Cosponsored and voted for the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act that would repeal the DC gun ban/registration statute and restore the right of self-defense to law-abiding residents of our nation’s capital.
Don’t Drive Through DC
This position is particular interesting to this blogger. KCC goes to Washington frequently, one of the top cities for crime in the United States. Every state around the District recognizes North Carolina’s concealed carry license, which your blogger earned.
However, if your blogger were to drive directly through DC, gun in her car, concealed or not, she would immediately be a felon in the eyes of the DC law. This is frustrating as this blogger has always been a law-abiding citizen, apart one or two traffic tickets she received over twenty years ago. If she were to travel north, to Maryland, she would have to take the long way, around DC, not through it, to get there.
Other highlights include:
*Signed the pro-gun “friend of the court” brief in the 2008 McDonald case supporting that position that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that protects all Americans.
*Voted for the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity amendment that would extend federal protection of state right to carry licenses and permits across the country.
*Voted for an amendment that now prohibits gun confiscation during states of emergency as happened after Hurricane Katrina.
*God bless him, he voted against anti-gun, and liberal activist Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia “Wise Latina Woman” Sotomayor.
Meanwhile, Elaine Marshall would not even answer the questionnaire this year and in the past – “an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to the rights of gun owners and sportsmen”. She was ranked a ?