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GRNC Alert 01-25-2011:
Time To Tell The Politicians What You Want

In this alert:
Tues. Feb. 1 - Grass Roots Mobilization Day at the General Assembly
Paul Valone's Response to the Greensboro News and Record

You have waited for this day and it has come. The time is now to let the politicians know where you stand. In this interest, GRNC is holding a Grass Roots Mobilization Day at the General Assembly Tuesday February 1 and we want you there. Legislative Director, Jeff Rau is assembling his team and he needs extra hands. For this day, no experience is required. You see, it is imperative to let the new folks in the General Assembly know that they will be held accountable. Will you help send this message?


We know, Tuesday is a work day for most of you, but please ask yourself a question: Is your freedom worthy of taking a vacation day? Politicians count on your not paying attention so they can continue with business as usual. Will you allow this, or are you going to show up to put them on notice?


Whistling past the graveyard, gun control activists like Roxane Kolar of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (NCAGV) insist Tucson's tragedy couldn't happen here. Unlike Arizona, they contend, our handgun purchase permit law requires background checks and gives sheriffs discretion in denying permits to unstable applicants. Unfortunately, Kolar is wrong about both the law and the possibility of mass homicide.

Inaccuracies in a recent News & Record article notwithstanding, gun laws in Arizona and North Carolina are more alike than different. In both states (and throughout the U.S.), purchases from gun dealers require federal background checks via the computerized National Instant Check System (NICS) which, since 2007, has included involuntary commitments for psychiatric treatment.(1)

Although NC sheriffs may deny purchase permits to whomever they decide isn't of "good moral character" (whatever that means), purchase permits are not universally required. Beyond the fact that rifles and shotguns are exempt, since 2003 anyone who passes the FBI background check and takes the training for a concealed handgun permit - over which sheriffs have no discretion - bypasses the purchase permit requirement.

Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) shepherded passage of that exemption(2) because sheriffs' "discretion" results in arbitrary, even malicious denials. The purchase permit law celebrated by NCAGV, for example, is a Jim Crow law passed in 1919 amid southern racial tension. It was apparently modeled after a 1918 law adopted by Missouri which was itself a reaction to St. Louis race riots in 1917(3). While application of our law remains undocumented, in Missouri the ACLU and others complained for decades that blacks were being unfairly targeted. Missouri's permit law was finally repealed in

Depending on county, North Carolina sheriffs' whims include inconsistent residency requirements, arbitrary limits on the number of permits issued(5) (each gun purchase requires a separate permit); requiring applicants to produce notarized character affidavits from acquaintances(6); even checking traffic citations(7). I routinely field complaints about permits denied over personal conflicts. A sheriff could even decide you aren't of "good moral character" if you oppose his reelection. Having been rendered redundant by
NICS, we will seek repeal of the archaic permit law in the upcoming legislative session.
While some blame the Tucson shootings on Arizona's law allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns without permits, their argument rests on the bizarre notion that a schizophrenic nihilist capable of murdering a nine-year-old girl would somehow be deterred by laws prohibiting him from carrying concealed firearms.

Nothing in either state or federal law would have prohibited Jared Loughner from buying guns here. Despite being ejected from college for dangerous instability, despite increasing paranoia toward acquaintances, and despite being a clear threat to himself and others, he had committed no disqualifying offense and nobody had him involuntarily committed - even in Arizona, where commitment is actually easier than in most states.(8)

After Virginia Tech, Congress rushed through the "NICS Improvement Act of 2007" to include mental health data in background checks. But it failed in Tucson because like Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho and Fort Hood killer Nidal Malik Hasan, Loughner remained free despite being a known menace.

Until we reverse the trend toward "deinstitutionalizing" dangerous psychotics begun in the 1960s,(9) no gun control law will prevent mass killings from happening anywhere, including here.

1. "NICS Improvement Act of 2007":
2. House Bill 817:
3. Kopel, David B. The Samurai, The Mountie, and the Cowboy:
Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies? Prometheus Books,
1992, page 337. Attorney David Kopel is Research Director at the Independence
4. Ibid at note 3, page 367.
5. Avery, Chatham and Durham counties, among others.
6. Durham County.
7. Guilford County, rescinded in response to GRNC complaints.
8. "Arizona tragedy: Little could have been done before shooting,
experts say," Arizona Republic, January 14, 2011:
9. Torrey, Dr. E. Fuller, The Insanity Offense: How America's
Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens, New York,
W.W. Norton, 2008. Review available at:


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