Gun-rights group urges disciplinary action against Democratic N.C. senator

Gun-rights group urges disciplinary action against Democratic N.C. senator

Sen. Natasha Marcus, D-Mecklenburg (Image from YouTube) A leading N.C. gun-rights group is demanding disciplinary action against a Democratic state senator from Mecklenburg County. The group claims Sen. Natasha Marcus made “false claims” during debate about a recently vetoed pistol-permit repeal bill. Grass Roots North Carolina is asking for Marcus to face a formal penalty under Article II, Section 20 of the N.C. Constitution. “Grass Roots North Carolina has now received conclusive proof that in the August 18, 2021, Senate floor debate over House Bill 398 (“Repeal Purchase Permits”), Sen. Natasha Marcus used false information to attack the bill,” according to a letter from GRNC President Paul Valone. He addressed the letter to Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham. “Marcus falsely claimed to have 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,’” the gun-rights group said in a news release tied to the letter. Freedom of Information Act requests to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office “now conclusively demonstrate that the numbers claimed by Marcus are false, demonstrating that she mislead [sic] her colleagues and constituents alike during debate over the bill,” according to the news release. Part of the debate over H.B. 398 involved duplication between North Carolina’s existing system of local pistol permits administered by county sheriffs and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. Bill supporters argued that the local permitting system offers no added benefits […]

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