Can someone explain to me how HB 227 benefits NC residents. Currently, it already is legal for NC residents to buy a long gun in any other state. There is NO prohibition from doing so under NC law. The old law (tha tHB 227 would replace) just takes the "contiguous state" part out of the law.
The old law says:
"§ 14‑409.10. Purchase of rifles and shotguns out of State.Nowhere does the old law state that it is NOT legal to purchase from states that are non-contiguous. In fact, I have had dealers in PA and WV (Namely Cabelas and Gandar Mountain) tell me that it is OK for them to sell me long guns and I could walk out of the store with them, but I'd have to fill out a 4473 and go through a NICS check, because they would not honor my NC CHP like NC does for sales...
It shall be lawful for citizens of this State to purchase rifles and shotguns and ammunition therefor in states contiguous to this State.
I understand that this new bill removes the "contiguous state" language, and therefore makes it look like we can now buy from any state but COULDN'T before, but that is simply not true.
So how does this bill benefit NC residents, other than by funding lobbyists, clerks, and General Assemble Staff in getting it processed and passed?