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    2010 North Carolina “Short” Session Underway!

    The North Carolina General Assembly is in full swing for its
    "short" session, and there are a number of bills of interest to
    NRA. Legislative rules dictate that only certain types of
    legislation may be considered--primarily those relating to
    appropriations, finance, pensions and retirement, and
    localities; certain legislation from the 2009 Regular Session;
    and legislation proposed by study commissions. The following
    bills are currently up for consideration.

    Senate Bill 928, sponsored by State Senator Doug Berger (D-7),
    would codify the Castle Doctrine in the home, and establish
    civil immunity for those who use lethal force to defend
    themselves or their loved ones while in their homes. In other
    words, if a law-abiding citizen uses a firearm against a
    violent criminal attacker who has illegally entered the citizen’
    s home, the citizen could not be charged with a criminal
    offense, and could not face any civil suit.

    Unfortunately, after this bill passed the Senate, it was
    assigned to the House Judiciary I Committee, chaired by anti-
    gun State Representative Deborah Ross (D-38). State
    Representative Ross has refused to allow this bill to be heard,
    showing her utter contempt for law-abiding gun owners who might
    be forced to use a firearm to defend themselves or their loved
    ones from violent criminals. Because State Representative Ross
    has refused to hear the bill, we encourage you to contact key
    members of the Democrat House Leadership team who are
    sympathetic to our gun rights, and urge them to SUPPORT and
    have State Representative Ross hear SB 928. Please contact
    Speaker Pro Tempore William Wainwright (D-12), Majority Leader
    Hugh Holliman (D-81), and Majority Whip Bruce Goforth (D-115).

    There are two other bills, but they are about dogs and
    archery. Just a heads up.

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    Senate Bill 928 Contacts:




    Speaker Pro Tempore William Wainwright (D-12)


    Phone: 919-733-5995

    Email: William.Wainwright@ncleg.net




    Majority Leader Hugh Holliman (D-81)


    Phone: 919-715-0873

    Email: Hugh.Holliman@ncleg.net




    Majority Whip Bruce Goforth (D-115)


    Phone: 919-733-5746

    Email: Bruce.Goforth@ncleg.net
    It is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggressionand this is hogwash."
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    BTW, I contacted Rep. Ross's office today as well, and they tell me that the reason this bill is stuck in committee is because there is a lot of opposition to it in the House. Apparently, the Senate and the House have VERY different views on protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens in NC. (This bill passed the Senate 42-2)

    They told me that Rep. Ross "tries to stay neutral" on issues while in committee, and can't do anything with this bill until the Senate Sponsor works out all the compromises with the House opposition.

    I asked them if they could explain how an elected Representative could be neutral on preserving and protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens, and they just answered, "she tries to stay neutral on bills in committee..."

    WTF?
    It is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggressionand this is hogwash."
    --Barry Goldwater, 1964

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    Dreamer, she's bought and paid for by the antis. I have sent emails to all my reps, senator, Speaker of the House, and everyone on her committee 3 times. Here are some responses from my rather honest and blunt reps.

    "Thank you for your email on the "Castle Doctrine". The bill in question is one I expect to support if given a chance to vote on it. However, I am not on Judiciary I committee which itself is unlikely to get to vote because Rep.Ross and Speaker Hackney don't want it to pass and are using their power to kill it by refusing to bring it up. The majority party will not vote to force the bill to a vote because they don't wish to anger or antagonize their leadership. Rep. Ross, before being elected to the NC legislature, was an attorney for the ACLU. She is not open to persuasion on this bill. The only realistic hope for our getting it passed is to have a change in party control of the legislature as a result of the upcoming November election. I regret this is the case but wish to be honest with you on my assessment of the situation.

    Again, thanks for your email. It is always good to learn of my constituents' views on important issues that may arise in Raleigh. Don't hesitate to contact me again to follow up on this same concern or some other.


    And

    "Representative Ross is not subject to any pressure this office can bring to bear. You might write Speaker Hackney. As the leader of her party and senior member of the House, she might consider a request that came from him. However, I am not sure of his position on S 928.
    Senator Jacumin thanks you for writing and has asked that I assure you that if an opportunity arises to move this bill closer to becoming law, he will certainly take it."

    And

    "Bear in mind that she may be holding the bill because the speaker told her to...."


    But don't let this stop you. Hit em hard, and if they don't listen hit them were it hurts. At the polls.

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    Yeah, I sent a few emails a couple weeks ago before short session. Pretty much got the same response.

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