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Act Now to Keep Gun Bills Alive!

April 30 crossover deadline looms,
threatening to KILL ALL PRO-GUN BILLS in state legislature…

After soliciting input from members, Grass Roots North Carolina either drafted or provided input to a broad spectrum of pro-gun bills which can expand gun rights in North Carolina. The best of them are described below. The problem is that under legislative rules, if a bill doesn’t pass at least one chamber by April 30, it will be D.O.A.

THE BEST OF THE GUN BILLS

SENATE
S. 394: “Preemption Affirmation Act.” This bill will put “teeth” into our statewide firearms preemption law. At present, cities like Chapel Hill and Durham ignore laws allowing concealed carry in parks and greenways. Under this version, it would mirror Florida law, which creates civil penalties and a private cause of action against bureaucrats who illegally restrict gun rights.

S.641: “Concealed Handgun Standardization Act.” This bill would stop sheriffs who arbitrarily and illegally deny concealed handgun applicants over such things as ancient counseling or use of anti-depressants; would specifically prevent them from imposing burdensome requirements not listed in NC statutes such as photos, notarized character references or extra fees; would allow permit applications from LEGAL resident aliens, and would speed up permit applications by requiring sheriffs to issue or deny permits within 90 days. The bill also eliminates permit disqualifiers for decades-old minor legal transgressions.
S.708: “Homeland Security Patriot Act.” This bill would enable concealed handgun permit-holders who undergo enhanced training and background checks to carry anywhere in the state except courtrooms.

HOUSE
H 562: “Amend Firearms Laws.” This comprehensive bill would further open up the state fair to concealed handgun permit-holders, remove restrictions from educational properties, permit guns in locked vehicles at places of employment, remove CLEO discretion in signing BATFE paperwork for Title II firearms, authorize hunting with short-barreled rifles, and more.

H. 699: “Gun Rights & Privacy Act.” This bill would create constitutional (permit-less) concealed carry; prevent state and local authorities from doing anything which violates Section 30 of Article I of the North Carolina constitution (our right to keep and bear arms); and creates a Florida-style law which prevents healthcare providers from interrogating patients about gun ownership.

H. 702: “Preemption Affirmation Act.” This bill would provide incentives to cities and counties to obey our statewide firearms preemption law. At present, cities like Chapel Hill and Durham ignore laws allowing concealed carry in parks and greenways. Unfortunately, this bill is not as strong as GRNC would like, so we recommend the House adopt the Senate version of the bill, which is S. 394. Under the Senate version, it would mirror Florida law, which creates civil penalties and a private cause of action against bureaucrats who illegally restrict gun owners.

H. 891: “Concealed Handgun Standardization Act.” This bill would stop sheriffs who arbitrarily and illegally deny concealed handgun applicants over such things as counseling or use of anti-depressants; would specifically prevent them from imposing burdensome requirements not listed in NC statutes such as photos, notarized character references or extra fees; would allow permit applications from LEGAL resident aliens, and would speed up permit applications by requiring sheriffs to issue or deny permits within 90 days. Again, GRNC prefers the Senate version of the bill, S. 641, which also eliminates permit disqualifiers for decades-old minor legal transgressions.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

Please contact the Senate and House representatives listed below and deliver the messages, tailored for each chamber, below.

SENATE
• CALL & EMAIL SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM PHIL BERGER: We need you to do both: Call AND email President Pro Tem Berger at (919) 733-5708 and Phil.Berger@ncleg.net. PLEASE BE CIVIL: Berger is a friend of gun owners, but may not yet fully realize the importance of the legislation in question.

• CALL & EMAIL RULES CHAIR TOM APODACA: Again, do both. Apodaca has voted on our side, but we need you to reinforce the importance of these bills by contacting him at (919) 733-5745 and Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net. Remember, the powerful Rules chair determines which bills get hearings and which die.

• CALL & EMAIL JUDICIARY CHAIR BUCK NEWTON: Again, Newton has been a friend of gun owners, but needs a reminder that legislation before his committee needs a prompt hearing in order to clear the April 30 deadline. Contact him at (919) 715-3030 and Buck.Newton@ncleg.net.

• CALL & EMAIL *YOUR* NC SENATE REP: For the email, use the copy/paste message provided below. Find your Senator here: http://www.grnc.org/contact_reps.htm

HOUSE
• CALL & EMAIL SPEAKER TIM MOORE: We need you to do both: Call AND email Speaker Moore at Tim.Moore@ncleg.net AND 919-733-3451. PLEASE BE CIVIL: Moore is a friend of gun owners, but may not yet fully realize the importance of the legislation in question.

• CALL & EMAIL RULES CHAIR DAVID LEWIS: Again, do both. Lewis has usually voted on our side, but has been absent from recent gun debates. We need you to reinforce the importance of these bills by contacting him at David.Lewis@ncleg.net and 919-715-3015. Remember, the powerful Rules chair determines which bills get hearings and which die.

• CALL & EMAIL JUDICIARY CHAIR LEO DAUGHTRY: Again, Daughtry has been a friend of gun owners, but needs a reminder that legislation before his committee needs a prompt hearing in order to clear the April 30 deadline. Contact him at Leo.Daughtry@ncleg.net and 919-733-5605.

• CALL & EMAIL *YOUR* NC HOUSE REP: Below is a copy/paste email message you can use. Find your representative at: http://www.grnc.org/contact_reps.htm

DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

SENATE
Suggested subject: “Combine bills into a single PCD before crossover”

Dear Senator:

As a gun rights voter who helped create the Republican supermajority in the North Carolina General Assembly, I am thrilled to hear that the Senate has an opportunity to use legislative process to keep all of the current pro-gun bills alive, even after the April 30 crossover deadline.

I understand that the Senate Rules Committee can refer gun bills to the Senate I Judiciary Committee, which can simply accept a committee substitute for S.708 to consolidate other gun bills. Once this is done, a PCS would be adopted by the committee, but does not necessarily have to be voted on prior to the April 30 crossover deadline in order to remain alive.

I fully support the use of this legislative process to keep these gun bills viable, and I insist that you push to make this happen. Also, please encourage your colleagues to do the same. I am in favor of all the currently proposed pro-gun bills, and for this reason I’ll also ask that you vote in favor of them when the time comes.

The pro-gun bills I fully support, and expect to be incorporated into S.708, the “Homeland Security Patriot Act”, which I also support, are as follows:

S. 394: “Preemption Affirmation Act”
S. 641: “Concealed Handgun Standardization Act”
H. 702: “Preemption Affirmation Act”

I also encourage you to adopt elements of a House bill, H. 562. Please advise me of your position on these bills as well as your position on using legislative process to avoid the crossover deadline. I will be monitoring activity on these bills through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.

Respectfully,

HOUSE
Suggested Subject: “Pass Pro-gun Bills Prior to April 30 Crossover”

Dear Representative _________________:

As a gun rights voter who helped create the Republican supermajority in the North Carolina General Assembly, I am concerned that time is running out for the many excellent gun rights bills which have been introduced in this session. Whether as standalone bills or as part of an omnibus bill, I expect the Republican leaders I have supported to pass the following from the NC House prior to the April 30 crossover deadline:

H 562: “Amend Firearms Laws.” This comprehensive bill would further open up the state fair to concealed handgun permit-holders, remove restrictions from educational properties, permit guns in locked vehicles at places of employment, remove CLEO discretion in signing BATFE paperwork for Title II firearms, authorize hunting with short-barreled rifles, and more.

H. 699: “Gun Rights & Privacy Act.” This bill would create constitutional (permit-less) concealed carry; prevent state and local authorities from doing anything which violates Section 30 of Article I of the North Carolina constitution (our right to keep and bear arms); and creates a Florida-style law which prevents healthcare providers from interrogating patients about gun ownership.

H. 702: “Preemption Affirmation Act.” This bill would provide incentives to cities and counties to obey our statewide firearms preemption law. At present, cities like Chapel Hill and Durham ignore laws allowing concealed carry in parks and greenways. Unfortunately, this bill is not as strong as GRNC would like, so we recommend the House adopt the Senate version of the bill, which is S. 394. Under the Senate version, it would mirror Florida law, which creates civil penalties and a private cause of action against bureaucrats who illegally restrict gun owners.

H. 891: “Concealed Handgun Standardization Act.” This bill would stop sheriffs who arbitrarily and illegally deny concealed handgun applicants over such things as counseling or use of anti-depressants; would specifically prevent them from imposing burdensome requirements not listed in NC statutes such as photos, notarized character references or extra fees; would allow permit applications from LEGAL resident aliens, and would speed up permit applications by requiring sheriffs to issue or deny permits within 90 days. Again, GRNC prefers the Senate version of the bill, S. 641, which also eliminates permit disqualifiers for decades-old minor legal transgressions.

Please advise me of your position on these bills. I will be monitoring activity on the bills through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.

Respectfully,

About North Carolina’s only ‘no-compromise’ gun rights organization

As North Carolina’s most effective gun rights organization, Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) was created in 1994 as an independent, all-volunteer 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving constitutional freedoms. Most – but not all – of the organization’s projects are devoted to defending the individual right to keep and bear arms.

For more information, go to: www.GRNC.org