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Two North Carolina Gun Bills to be Considered Next Week!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Please Contact the Members of the Senate Judiciary II Committee Today!

Two bills of vital interest to NRA members are scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary II Committee on Thursday, April 30. 

The first, Senate Bill 928, is a Castle Doctrine self-defense bill.  This legislation, introduced by State Senator Doug Berger (D-7), would ensure that all law-abiding citizens have a right to use force, including deadly force, against violent attackers in their homes, as well as anywhere else they have a right to be.  S928 ensures that those afforded the protections under this bill would be immune from both criminal prosecution as well as civil action. 

The other bill, Senate Bill 987, seeks to expand the current law regulating the “safe” storage of firearms.  S987, introduced by State Senator Malcolm Graham (D-40), would impose regulations that would greatly diminish the ability of law-abiding, responsible gun owners to keep firearms in the home in a state suitable for defensive use. 

Basically, the only ways to ensure one does not run afoul of the law proposed under S987 would be to have every firearm in the home “kept unloaded in a locked box or container, with the ammunition stored separately,” or to have all firearms “kept unloaded and equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device.”  Either “option” would render useless any firearms kept in the home for personal protection.  The key to firearms being suitable for personal protection is to have them readily available to law-abiding, responsible gun owners.  These two storage “options” would add precious time to the points between when someone realizes they need a firearm to defend his or her life or the lives of loved ones, and when that firearm is actually in a condition when it can be used for such a purpose.  Unlocking a secured firearm, then loading it, can take as long as several minutes, which are minutes violent criminals can easily exploit to their advantage. 

Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary II Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support S928 and to oppose S987.  Contact information can be found below.

State Senator Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. (R-36) - Chair
(919) 733-7223
Fletcher.Hartsell@ncleg.net

State Senator Austin M. Allran (R-42) – Vice Chair
(919) 733-5876
Austin.Allran@ncleg.net

State Senator Don Vaughan (D-27) – Vice Chair
(919)733-5856
Don.Vaughan@ncleg.net

State Senator Ed Jones (D-4) – Vice Chair
(919) 715-3032
Edward.Jones@ncleg.net

State Senator Tom Apodaca (R-48)
(919) 733-5745
Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net

State Senator Bob Atwater (D-18)
(919) 715-3036
Bob.Atwater@ncleg.net

State Senator Stan Bingham (R-33)
(919) 733-5665
Stan.Bingham@ncleg.net

State Senator Charlie Smith Dannelly (D-38)
(919) 733-5955
Charlie.Dannelly@ncleg.net

State Senator Joe Sam Queen (D-47)
(919) 733-3460
Joe.Queen@ncleg.net

State Senator Doug Berger (D-7)
(919) 715-8363
Doug.Berger@ncleg.net

State Senator Julia Boseman (D-9)
(919) 715-2525
Julia.Boseman@ncleg.net

State Senator Katie G. Dorsett (D-28)
(919) 715-3042
Katie.Dorsett@ncleg.net

State Senator James Forrester (R-41)
(919) 715-3050
James.Forrester@ncleg.net

State Senator W. Edward (Eddie) Goodall (R-35)
(919) 733-7659
Eddie.Goodall@ncleg.net

State Senator Jim Jacumin (R-44)
(919) 715-7823
Jim.Jacumin@ncleg.net

State Senator John Snow (D-50)
(919) 733-5875
John.Snow@ncleg.net

State Senator A. B. Swindell (D-11)
(919) 715-3030
AB.Swindell@ncleg.net

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