A spokesman for the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, Major Chris Hill, thinks NC pistol permitting should be MORE stringent
Hill would like to take the personal element out of the permit equation. He proposes the General Assembly adopt more invasive permitting laws akin to concealed-carry policies.
An application for a concealed weapon permit, which includes knives, includes a waiver granting the sheriff’s office permission to access mental health records of Dorothea Dix, Cherry Hospital, the local mental health system and the clerk of court office, which documents any time a person is committed.
Hill, who researched concealed-carry legislation for his master’s degree thesis, said the sheriff’s office frequently encounters situations where a person sought mental health services 20 years ago for alcoholism or drug addiction and the sheriff’s office has information about what has happened with the applicant since their treatment.
“We do not know what has happened during the time of treatment to now, whether they stopped going to counseling and got progressively worse or they got better and no longer needed counseling,” Hill said.
Hill proposed an electronic database that gathers information from all mental health systems in North Carolina.
Oh how nice. The Sheriff wants to know about my mental health history 20 years ago. How about finding out what my mental health is right now. And this isn’t for concealed carry, it’s just to buy a pistol. Do you get the idea that he believes you really shouldn’t have a gun at all?
I disagree with Major Hill. I think that unless you have been ruled mentally incompetent, insane, or violently criminal, you should be able to buy whatever you like. Buying a gun should not be license for the local po po to fish around in your medical history all the way back to the Reagan administration. It’s time to dump the stupid Jim Crow era pistol permit law.