WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Guns are now permitted by law at North Carolina parks, playgrounds and other public places, unless cities pass their own, more restrictive laws, and at least 19 municipalities have chosen to do so. The new state law that went into effect December 1 allows people with proper permits to carry certain types of concealed weapons at public parks and highway rest stops, and on waterways.
This is, in the strictest sense, true. It is an example of framing the issue to make yourself look like the underdog. If they pretend that the heroic forces of progressive modernity are laboring against the clock to prevent guns in parks, they might get you to forget that they are working tirelessly to deprive you of your Constitutional rights. Also it was always legal to carry a concealed handgun with a permit at highway rest stops. They merely changed what section of the law it was listed under.
Even those cities that already had stricter gun laws must now pass new ordinances if they want to circumvent the new state law.
Once can hardly call it “circumventing” the law if these localities are writing the law to comply with the powers delegated to them by the State. Again, it’s framing the issue to make oneself look like the underdog.
Winston-Salem did just that, in November. Tim Grant heads up the Recreation and Parks Department there, and he says city lawmakers took quick action.
“Any time you have athletic activities or competition, where you could possibly have emotions, I think it’s a bad mixture when you allow concealed weapons.”
Does Tim Grant have any evidence that NC Concealed Handgun Permit holders have engaged in a pattern of emotional and dangerous behavior? Or does this scenario of CHP holders shooting the Ref over a bad call exist only in his head? I think we both know the answer.
Grant also points out the additional cost to local governments for purchasing signs for their parks to notify people of their ordinance. He says Winston-Salem has paid $8,000 for its new signage. Chapel Hill, Cary and Raleigh have all passed similar laws.
So in this era of extremely tight budgets, Winston-Salem spent $8,000 to put up signs that will not stop any crimes rather than do something useful? Why doesn’t that surprise me?
Roxane Kolar, executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, questions the change in state law, and also has concerns about who is obtaining these gun permits.
“Why? There actually isn’t a huge crime spree happening in our area parks or playgrounds. We think that before we’re even going to discuss guns in more public areas, we need to look at our permitting system.”
The new state law also weakens the permitting system, according to Kolar. It reduces a sheriff’s department’s ability to use mental health records when reviewing permit applications,
and also gives a department only half as much time to review the applications: 45 days, down from 90 days.
Because we all know that the Sheriff actually needs that extra 45 days to… to do what, exactly? I applied for a CHP on 4 March 2011. I received it on 18 May 2011. It was issued on 22 April 2011. So apparently, it sat in the Sheriff’s office for damn near a month before they mailed it out. It takes very little time for a CHP background check to be completed. All they have to do is do a NICS query, look in the State Police database, and send your name to the same mental hospitals they send everyone else’s name to. If the Sheriff hasn’t set up an email or fax method of sending out the names to the mental wards in a batch every day then he needs better permit clerks. Even considering human laziness, it should take no more than a week to get an answer from the loony bins. 45 days is more than generous. 90 days is excessive.
Supporters of the law say people have the right to carry a properly-permitted weapon, but Kolar fears some cities aren’t aware of how the new state law affects their current ordinances.
She doesn’t fear, she knows damn well that most localities haven’t paid attention. She knows that any localities that don’t jump on this right now are likely to decide that since nothing has happened, nothing will happen. Roxane Kolar needs to make sure that every locality in the State gets a good old fashioned dose of fear to make them jump in the direction she wants. She knows that if they don’t react now, out of blind panic, they will learn what everyone else has learned. CHP holders aren’t the threat. Except to the professional “Progressive” Left.
Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service – NC
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They are all one big group. The Left is not a group of individuals working toward a common goal. They are a closed group of professionals, each working their own part of the whole, supporting all the other parts. You don’t think that Roxane gets paid $40,000 a year as Executive Director of NCGV because there are that many private citizens giving her donations, do you?
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