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North Carolina Legislative Alert - SB680

Friday, June 29, 2001

Please call your State Representatives at (919) 733-7928 and urge them to support SB 680 without the gun show provision.

On Wednesday, June 27, the full Senate passed Senate Bill 680. SB 680 is aimed at prohibiting reckless lawsuits against the firearms industry. Unfortunately, there is some confusion about NRA`s position regarding an amendment that was attached to the bill requiring gun show promoters to apply for permits from local sheriffs and requiring all vendors at the show to pay sales tax.

NRA does not support this amendment and will not support final passage of a bill containing this provision. We will work in the House to strip out the repressive gun show provision and then pass a clean lawsuit bill. If we are unable to do this in the House, we will not support passage of the bill with the gun show language included.

Many members in North Carolina have been misled to believe that NRA is compromising on gun shows to pass the lawsuit bill. This is not the case, and we will oppose final passage of any bill containing the gun show provision.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.