Monday, February 25, 2013
Update On North Carolina Firearms-Related Legislation
Since my first post on gun rights related legislation introduced in this session of the North Carolina General Assembly, a few more bills have been introduced. I have covered some of them in detail in other posts so this will be just a list of the highlights.
HB 63 - Support Right to Bear Arms.
This bill expresses the General Assembly's support of the inalienable right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms and opposes any infringement by the federal government in the State's right to guarantee the protection of the right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms.
Primary Sponsor: Speciale (R-Craven)
Other Sponsors: Arp (R-Union); J. Bell (R-Wayne); R. Brawley (R-Mecklenburg); Bumgardner (R-Gaston); Cleveland (R-Onslow); Conrad (R-Forsyth); Dixon (R-Duplin); Ford (R-Rowan); Iler (R-Brunswick); Jones (R-Rockingham); Jordan (R-Ashe); Martin (R-Pitt); McElraft (R-Carteret); McNeill (R-Randolph); Millis (R-Pender); Moffitt (R-Buncombe); Pittman (R-Cabarrus); Presnell (R-Yancy); Riddell (R-Alamance); Saine (R-Lincoln); Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg); Setzer (R-Catawba); Shepard (R-Onslow); Starnes (R-Caldwell); Steinburg (R-Chowan); Stone (R-Lee); Turner (R-Iredell); Warren (R-Rowan); Whitmire; (R-Transylvania)
SB 59 - Armed Security Guards in K-12.
This bill would allow armed security guards in schools if they had passed the selection and training requirements for state law enforcement officers in all schools, it would order the NC Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission to develop a curriculum to be administered to armed security guards by the various sheriffs' offices, and would allow for the waiver of certain concealed carry requirements for armed security guards who met certain requirements.
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett)
Other Sponsor: Sen. Norman W. Sanderson (R-Pamlico)
SB 124 - Shoot Gun From Inside/To Harm or Incite Fear.
This bill would make it a Class E Felony to discharge a firearm within an enclosure for the purpose of causing harm or inciting fear.
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Peter Brunstetter (R-Forsyth)
I wrote about SB 124 this weekend and called it North Carolina's "Don't Be A Joe Biden" law. Read the comment from Sean Sorrentino on it in my post. SB 59 seems to be a complement to SB 27 which would allow for the position of School Marshal. It seems that it seeks the same end - armed guards in schools - but from a different angle. Finally, HB 63 follows the trend in some other states of stating that they won't stand for Federal infringements of the Second Amendment in new gun control legislation.