Target: North Carolina Legislature
Goal: Reject elimination of permit requirements for gun purchases and expanded lists of public places where guns will be allowed
North Carolina is considering making it even easier to purchase and carry handguns. A bill recently passed the House of Representatives approving concealed weapons on all public and private school campuses, inside bars, and in other places that sell liquor and other public areas. Senators claim this is “enhancing our Second Amendment rights, which have been long delayed by the previous majority,” despite that 90 percent of the state favors tighter gun restrictions and only 3 percent have concealed carrying permits.
Despite recent national tragedies due to lax gun laws this bill flew through the House and will pass Senate hearings if something if action is not taken. They will join the 30 states that do not require a permit to purchase a gun; a handful of states do not require a permit to carry a gun.
The North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police said it opposed legislation “which could endanger the public or law enforcement officers by allowing uncontrolled possession of firearms or other weapons on school property.” A quite perfect example of hypocrisy. An inanimate object’s worth should not outweigh that of a humans life. Petition North Carolina legislature to stop this bill in it’s tracks before it becomes easier to buy a gun than ever.
Dear North Carolina legislature,
A common complaint among your state’s legislators is that the sheriffs department makes it “unnecessarily difficult” to obtain a permit in order to purchase a firearm. Instead of stripping away permit requirements all together, why not adjust the ways in which the police department handles their background checks? 90 percent of your constituents favor tighter gun laws, which is not surprising given the number of gun related deaths since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting (5,000).
A mere 3 percent currently have permits to buy and concealed carry, expanding that percentage especially into public schools and bars, will only increase fatalities. At the beginning of the year, the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police said it opposed legislation “which could endanger the public or law enforcement officers by allowing uncontrolled possession of firearms or other weapons on school property.” If this law passes the Senate, it will violate the NCACP’s goals and put every single one of your constituent’s lives in danger. Revise bill H.B 937 and save the lives of your state’s women, men and children.
[Your Name Here]
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