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    GRNC Alert 05-12-10:
    GRNC LEGISLATIVE TEAM HITS GROUND RUNNING

    Today, the NC General Assembly convened for its 2010 "short session," and GRNC Legislative Action Team members John Landreth and Jeffrey Graham, under the direction of Legislative Director Jeff Rau were there to defend gun rights.

    CASTLE DOCTRINE

    Judiciary I Committee chair DEBORAH ROSS (D-Wake, GRNC 0-star) continues to rationalize her unwillingness to grant a hearing to SB 928: "The Castle Doctrine," which would significantly reinforce the right to use deadly force in self-defense. In her latest dodge, Ross is blaming bill sponsor Sen. Doug Berger, claiming that NC District Attorneys object to the bill. Meanwhile, word at the GA is that Ross is actively soliciting opposition to the bill.

    IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

    Call Ross and NC House Majority Leader HUGH HOLLIMAN (D-Davidson, GRNC 0-star) and let them know you are not buying the latest dodge. Tell them that SB 928 is not controversial, having passed the Senate with only 6 votes against it, that it is overwhelmingly popular, and that it deserves a committee hearing.

    * Rep. Deborah K. Ross - Deborah.Ross@ncleg.net, 919-733-5773
    * Rep. Hugh Holloman - Hugh.Holliman@ncleg.net, 919-715-0873

    STATE OF EMERGENCY BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED SHORTLY

    Recall that in 2009, Rep. MARK HILTON (R-Catawba, GRNC ****) introduced HB 257, "No Seizure of Lawful Firearms in Emergency." In addition to preventing Katrina-type gun confiscation, HB 257 would have changed Article 36A of the General Statutes, under which carrying of firearms outside the home is prohibited during states of emergency. The bill died when Democrat leaders in the House denied it a hearing.

    But last winter, the town of King, NC made national news when it cited Article 36A and invoked a ban on carrying and sale of guns and ammunition in response to an impending **snowstorm.** To ensure that this abridgement of civil rights does not happen again, GRNC and Rep. Hilton have drafted a new version of the bill, tailored to skirt legislative restrictions on offering bills during the "short session," which in part says:

    "Nothing in [Article 36A] shall be construed to ...
    (3) Authorize the taking, confiscation, or seizure of lawfully possessed firearms, ammunition, or ammunition components or authorize any restriction or prohibition on the possession, transportation, sale, purchase, storage, or use of lawfully possessed firearms, ammunition, or ammunition components."

    Stay tuned for upcoming GRNC alerts on the bill when it is introduced.

    'DOMESTIC VIOLENCE' GUN CONTROL OFF THE TABLE...FOR NOW

    A proposal under consideration by the NC Child Fatality Task Force (CFTF) could have the potential to cause guns to be seized and registered from gun owners convicted of nothing, and who wouldn't even get a day in court beforehand.

    The proposal would apply to so-called "50B orders" issued in response to alleged domestic violence. This proposal could cause guns to be seized EVEN IF THE DEFENDANT HAD THREATENED NO ONE and could be done on an "ex parte" (emergency) basis WITHOUT THE DEFENDANT'S KNOWLEDGE.

    Fortunately, in response to objections by Rep. Dale Folwell (R-Forsyth, GRNC ****) and GRNC, the CFTF has elected to take the proposal off the table under next year's "long session" in order to allow all parties more time for input. (And GRNC will have lots of input on this one...)

    ATTEND GRNC GALA FOR GUN RIGHTS

    Friday, May 14 promises to be a night for the record books as GRNC gathers national gun rights figures at its May 14 Gala for Gun Rights. Just added to the event, Thomas Faulk, author of "Firearms Law of North Carolina" will do a book signing for his Limited 3rd GRNC Edition. That's right: Mr. Faulk dedicated this edition of the book to GRNC and *your* efforts!

    MEET NATIONAL GUN RIGHTS LEADERS

    - ALAN GURA: The only lawyer to ever beat a gun ban on Second Amendment grounds, led the Supreme Court to finally affirm your individual right to arms;

    - SEN. RICHARD BURR: Sponsor of the Veterans' Second Amendment Protection Act and consistent gun rights supporter in the U.S. Senate;

    - TIM D'ANNUNZIO, congressional candidate: After leading the pack in the Republican primary for the critical 8th District, D'Annunzio (GRNC 4-star) faces a June 22 runoff election against Harold Johnson (GRNC 0-star);

    - TARA SERVATIUS: This renowned talk show host for WBT Radio will act as emcee for the event;

    - NATIONAL GUN RIGHTS FIGURES: Joe Tartaro, nationally published author and director of the Second Amendment Foundation, Jeff Knox, director of the Firearms Coalition and son of Neal Knox, who made the NRA the political powerhouse it is today; AND MORE.

    WIN A $1200 RIFLE!

    Thanks to the generosity of Remington Arms, all dinner ticket purchasers will receive one FREE raffle ticket to win a Remington 700 CDL SF in 7mm Remington Magnum worth nearly $1200. ONLY 500 TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at the dinner.

    SIGN UP NOW!

    Being held at the Charlotte Marriott City Center, only 4 blocks for the NRA convention, you can take in Sarah Palin and other speakers, then walk 5 minutes to GRNC's Gala for Gun Rights.

    Better yet, your ticket purchase will help fund "Remember in November," the ambitious project to get voter guides into the hands of **100,000** gun owning voters.

    Support GRNC! North Carolina's ONLY NO-COMPROMISE GUN RIGHTS GROUP!

    GRNC will be raffling off a Remington 700 CDL SF in 7mm Remington Magnum, worth nearly $1200 at the Gala for Gun Rights in Charlotte on May 14. If you have not reserved your space, go to our website and do so now. Don't miss this opportunity to gather with other freedom loves and hear great speakers like Senator Richard Burr and attorney Alan Gura, who won the US Supreme Court decision which affirmed the Second Amendment as an individual right.

    http://grnc.org/symposium.htm

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    You may find your NC representative by going here:
    http://www.grnc.org/contact_reps.htm

    You may write your federal congressman by going here:
    http://www.house.gov/writerep/

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    Shooter's Express, 2 Caldwell Dr., Belmont, NC 28012, 800-358-GUNS, www.shootersexpress.com
    The Aisle Pawn Shop, 216 N. Main St., Mooresville, NC 28115, 704-663-5656
    Gunner's Alley, LLC, 203 N. Harrison Ave., Ste. 130, Cary, NC 27513, www.gunnersalley.com, 919-388-1991, contact: Ed Guerriero, ed@gunnersalley.com
    C & E Gun Shows, 4225 Fortress Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060; Phone 540-953-0016 or 888-715-0606; http://www.cegunshows.com/
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    Office: 2223 Legislative Building
    Phone: 919-733-5773
    Email: Deborah.Ross@ncleg.net
    Legislative Mailing Address: NC House of Representatives
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 2223
    Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

    Terms in House: 4 (0 in Senate)
    District: 38
    Counties Represented: Wake

    Occupation: Senior Lecturing Fellow, Consultant, Attorney
    Address: 425 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Phone: 919-832-6508



    Office: 2301 Legislative Building
    Phone: 919-715-0873
    Email: Hugh.Holliman@ncleg.net
    Legislative Mailing Address: NC House of Representatives
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 2301
    Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

    Terms in House: 5 (0 in Senate)
    District: 81
    Counties Represented: Davidson

    Occupation: Self-Employed
    Address: 103 Sapona Road, Lexington, NC 27295
    Phone: 336-956-1385
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