North Carolina: Governor Signs Essential Emergency Powers Legislation as the 2012 Legislative Session Approaches the End

Posted on June 22, 2012

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Last week, Governor Bev Perdue (D) stood with the North Carolina General Assembly in recognizing law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense during a declared state of emergency by signing into law House Bill 843.  This common-sense statute will take effect on October 1, 2012.  While the North Carolina General Assembly only had a short legislative session this year, this action marks significant progress on protection of Second Amendment rights in the Tar Heel state.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to work for more improvements as the 2012 legislative session draws to a close. 

House Bill 843 makes substantial changes to the North Carolina Emergency Management Act by adding critical language to the section of North Carolina statute that deals with what restrictions may be imposed during a declared state of emergency.  Specifically, this bill states that the restrictions section “does not authorize prohibitions or restrictions on lawfully possessed firearms or ammunition.”  This means that, if there is a declared state of emergency due to natural disasters or other problems that create a state of disarray and unrest that requires emergency procedures to be implemented by a government entity, the rights of law-abiding gun owners will no longer be subject to possible suspension.  The Senate added this critical language to HB 843 in the Senate Judiciary I Committee, and HB 843 as amended then passed in the full Senate on Tuesday, June 5, on a 49-0 vote.  The House concurred with this common sense language by the Senate on the following day by a vote of 113 to 1 before sending it to the Governor on June 7. 

Please remember to thank Governor Perdue for signing House Bill 843.  Contact information for the Governor can be found by clicking here

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