As recently reported, your NRA is aggressively working to pass a comprehensive right-to-carry reform bill, House Bill 937. H 937 contains numerous pro-gun provisions, including a section to repeal the antiquated permit-to-purchase requirement for anyone who wishes to purchase a handgun in North Carolina. However, the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association is apparently circulating a letter to legislators that urges them to remove this section from H 937.
H 937 is currently being considered by the state Senate, so it is critical you contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge her or him to oppose efforts of the state Sheriffs' Association to retain the redundant permit-to-purchase system. Click here to contact your state Senator NOW.
The outdated permit-to-purchase system may have made some sense when it was enacted in the days before computers, but the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has made it obsolete, unnecessary and potentially dangerous. A recent news article showed that some individuals who had been issued permits were later convicted of violent crimes that would prohibit them from purchasing any firearm, but their permit would still allow them to purchase a handgun without their record being discovered. NICS has no such flaws.
Please also call your county sheriff and urge her or him to oppose the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association by contacting state Senators and urging them to support the NRA and the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Help support the NRA's efforts to make North Carolina safer by relying on NICS for lawful handgun transfers and repealing the permit-to-purchase NOW.