Editorial: Pistol purchase permit repeal endangers lives, Cooper needs to veto it

Editorial: Pistol purchase permit repeal endangers lives, Cooper needs to veto it

Repeal of pistol permit law heads to Gov’s desk CBC Editorial: Friday, Aug. 20, 2021; Editorial #8695 The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company. Is it too much to expect that the North Carolina General Assembly look to enact laws based on reality and fact and not on gossip and a hunch? Judging on the latest venture into abolishing much of the state law on county sheriffs’ issuing pistol permits, the answer is yes. It is, to be generous, misguided and unnecessary legislation to appeal to radical gun-rights fanatics with no regard to the lives jeopardized by the impact of this bill. Gov. Roy Cooper should veto it and that veto needs to be sustained. State Sen. Chuck Edwards, a Henderson County Republican, says it has been “brought to my attention” some sheriffs were slowing the issuance of the permits “simply because they do not want to allow citizens their Second Amendment rights.” Edwards says the “ National Instant Criminal Background Check System ” is adequate. That is idle chatter and hearsay — not reality or facts. State Sen. Natasha Marcus, a Mecklenburg County Democrat, says in the last fiscal year more than 2,300 Mecklenburg County permit applicants passed the “National Instant Criminal Background Check System” but not the local background review. Those are statistics and data that can be verified –not myth, no hunch. What’s the difference between the federal system and what local sheriffs do? A lot. The federal system only involves gun purchases from […]

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