Grass Roots North Carolina says now is the time to pass HB937 - the omnibus gun rights bills that includes restaurant carry - through the North Carolina Senate. The bill could go from the Senate Judiciary I Committee as early as this week. GRNC is warning about efforts to strip out the provision that would allow concealed carry holders to store their firearms in lock vehicles while on university and community college campuses. This provision is getting a lot of push-back from UNC System President Tom Ross.
Continue The Fight To Pass HB 937
Push now for HB 937 Senate hearing!
Your continued vigilance helped carry HB 937 through the NC House last month despite coordinated efforts to kill the bill before it could pass to the NC Senate, where it may soon receive a committee hearing. We must insure that the Judiciary Committee members know that you are expecting to pass as is, without key provisions such as Campus Carry being removed!
The Senate Judiciary I Committee now has a chance to send HB 937 to the Senate Floor for a full vote as early as this week. Despite efforts to derail the bill through coordinated attacks from UNC President Tom Ross and others, HB 937 is now closer than ever to bringing several real changes designed to enhance the safety of all of North Carolina’s residents.
UNC President Tom Ross continues attacks on HB 937
University of North Carolina president Tom Ross continues to fight campus carry provisions of House Bill 937. As you recall, the bill, which passed the NC House and now resides in the Senate, contains restaurant carry, a limited measure for guns in locked vehicles on state university campuses, and other pro-gun initiatives.
When HB 937 received its hearing in a House Judiciary Committee meeting, representatives for NC State testified that it would hinder campus security's efforts to "protect" students, echoing opposition previously expressed to the media by Ross. Just hours after their testimony, however, a student was raped outside the NCSU Free Expression Tunnel and, two days later, another was robbed at knife point near Reynolds Coliseum, demonstrating clearly that UNC can't "protect" students, who must therefore be allowed to protect themselves.
Given his inability to protect even his own students on college campuses across the state, North Carolinians cannot sit back and do nothing while Tom Ross and others try to stop the passage of this bill. We must act now!
New GRNC radio spots promote HB 937
GRNC has launched a new round of radio spots in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte targeting NC House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg, GRNC ****) and NC Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Guilford, Randolph, ****), both of whom are potential challengers for US Senator Kay Hagan (*), challenging them to show support for gun rights by passing HB 937 THIS YEAR and WITHOUT WEAKENING AMENDMENTS. To hear the spots, CLICK HERE or go to: http://grnc.org/home/grnc-in-the-media/485-hb-937-radio-spot
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
- CONTACT REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY I COMMITTEE using the copy-and-paste list below and ask them to pass HB 937 to the Senate floor without removing key provisions such as Campus Carry.
- CONTACT UNC's BOARD OF GOVERNORS using the copy-and-paste list below and let them know you don't appreciate Ross using his left-wing politics to oppose legislation which stands to reduce the significant problem of violent crime on UNC campuses.
- CONTACT YOUR NC STATE SENATOR: Let them know you want campus carry kept in HB 937. To find your state senator, CLICK HERE or go to: http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx where you may scroll to the NC Senate section, enter your address and then click on the district number which comes up.
- HELP FUND HB 937 RADIO SPOTS: Please consider making an additional contribution to fund the radio campaign by CLICKING HERE or going to: http://www.grnc.org/join-grnc/contribute
North Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans:
Thom.Goolsby@ncleg.net, Buck.Newton@ncleg.net, Peter.Brunstetter@ncleg.net, Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net, Tamara.Barringer@ncleg.net, Harry.Brown@ncleg.net, Kathy.Harrington@ncleg.net, Bob.Rucho@ncleg.net, Norman.Sanderson@ncleg.net, Dan.Soucek@ncleg.net, Jerry.Tillman@ncleg.net, Trudy.Wade@ncleg.net
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DELIVER THIS MESSAGE
TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY I COMMITTEE:
(Suggested subject line: “Please do not weaken HB 937”)
As a legal, gun-owning resident of North Carolina, I am deeply concerned that anti-gun groups will attempt to coordinate their message and convince some members of the Judiciary Committee to remove key provisions of HB 937, or weaken them through various amendments and procedural diversions. It is imperative that HB 937 pass as is.
We must be able to protect ourselves while we are in public, to include concealed handgun permit-holders who are students attending class on college campuses across the state. Each week seemingly brings us another reminder of how vulnerable we are as we read about yet more attacks at the hands of criminals. Our students even within our own state’s educational system are being attacked in record numbers, and yet the response from campus officials remains indifferent, at best.
I urge you to pass HB 937 without delay, and without removing key provisions within the bill such as Campus Carry. I will be monitoring this issue via Grass Roots North Carolina alerts.
TO THE UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS:
(Suggested subject line: "No money for UNC")
Members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors:
University of North Carolina president Tom Ross continues to marshal opposition to House Bill 937 ("Amend Various Firearms Laws") over its limited provision to allow concealed handgun permit-holders, who have undergone training and background checks, proving themselves sane, sober and law-abiding, to keep firearms in locked vehicles on college campuses.
Ironically, only hours after North Carolina State University officials testified to the North Carolina House that the bill would hinder their ability to "protect" students, yet another student was raped, this time outside the Free Expression Tunnel. Two days later, a student was robbed at knife point near Reynolds Coliseum.
Sadly, these are not isolated cases: Both UNC Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City State University are under investigation for deliberately reporting violent crime, including sexual assault. Indeed, even by these under-reported measures, one source cites thirty-five sexual assaults at UNC Chapel Hill over just three years, placing the university 50.1% above the national average for such institutions.
Is this the sort of "protection" Mr. Ross envisions? Is it what you envision?
Controlled, multi-variate research indicates that concealed handgun laws deter murder, rape and aggravated assault. Indeed, research by John R. Lott and William Landes indicate that such laws are the only effective measure in deterring multiple victim public homicide such as occurred at Virginia Tech.
Ross appears to be allowing his political ideology to interfere with rational public policy: His position as former director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation enabled him to promote various hard-left causes, including funding the state's primary gun control group, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.
Moreover, I am shocked that a rape victim at UNC Chapel Hill is being threatened with expulsion for even naming her rapist. Is it the intent of UNC to stifle its failure to protect its students at all costs?
I support higher education, but I cannot support a university system which fails to protect students from violent predators, actively hides the fact, and then opposes legislation which might deter such predation.
Accordingly, I will not contribute money to any UNC or supporting institution -- and will advise alumni and others to do the same -- until UNC withdraws its opposition to HB 937. Please advise me of your position on this issue.