Gun advocacy group calls for disciplinary action against Democratic state senator

Gun advocacy group calls for disciplinary action against Democratic state senator

A Marine color guard marches into the Senate chamber during the opening session of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) RALEIGH — Gun rights advocacy group Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) is calling on Senate Leader Phil Berger to discipline state Sen. Natasha Marcus (D-Mecklenburg) for alleged false claims made during a floor debate about the state’s pistol purchase permit system. Grass Roots North Carolina has sued two sheriff offices over failure to process and issue pistol permits and concealed carry permits in the last year. The organization is an all-volunteer 501(c)(4) “dedicated to preserving individual liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights with emphasis on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.” It was founded in 1994. The group is calling for Marcus to be disciplined under Article II, Section 20 of the North Carolina Constitution (Powers of the General Assembly) and citing a Jan. 9, 2008 , North Carolina House of Representatives memo titled “Authority of Legislative Bodies to Discipline Members.” In a press release, GRNC says they found “conclusive documentation” that during debate on the Senate floor regarding House Bill 398, Marcus made false claims of having proof that repealing the purchase permit system would result in handguns purchased by unqualified buyers who pass the FBI computerized background check but otherwise “failed the permit application.” House Bill 398 passed both chambers and was vetoed by Governor Cooper last week despite the bill […]

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