Target: North Carolina State Legislature
Goal: Condemn North Carolina legislators for allowing people to carry guns in bars
There is a large conservative majority in the North Carolina State Legislature, along with a Republican governor. This allows for bills favored by Republicans to be passed more easily through the legislature and then signed by the governor. Recently, the state legislature passed a bill restricting a woman’s right to an abortion.
Now, the legislature passed a bill allowing people to carry concealed guns in bars. The only way for guns to be illegal in bars in North Carolina is if a bar owner specifically prohibits carrying concealed guns in the bar. When alcohol is involved, the threat of someone using a gun becomes worse. Alcohol impairs people’s judgment, which could cause someone to use a gun when they otherwise wouldn’t while completely sober.
In 2009, Tennessee passed the first law out of all the states to allow concealed guns in bars. After that, six other states have passed the same law. Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina probably will sign the bill so it becomes law.
The passage of this gun bill could lead to more gun-related deaths. The combination of alcohol and guns is never a smart idea. This bill is putting more adults in danger when they go to a bar. Condemn the North Carolina State Legislature for allowing guns in bars by signing the petition below.
Dear North Carolina State Legislature,
The conservative majority in both chambers of the state legislature has been passing laws favored by Republicans. One bill that passed through the state legislature is a law that allows people to carry concealed guns in bars. The only way it would be illegal for someone to carry a concealed weapon in a bar in North Carolina is if the bar owner prohibited guns in the bar.
This new bill puts more people at risk of gun violence when going out to bars. Studies show that alcohol alters people’s judgment and can make them do things they normally would not do. If someone brought a gun into a bar and got into a bar fight, the risk of them using the gun on the other person increases with alcohol in the system.
Governor Pat McCrory has not said yet if he will sign the bill, but chances are that he will. He is a Republican and his conservative views are like that of many state legislators of North Carolina because he believes in the expansion of gun rights. It is common sense that the threat of gun violence increases with alcohol, so passing this bill puts more people in North Carolina at risk if they chose to go to a bar.
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