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Free armed, uniformed police escorts to be provided at the @NCStateFair

I attended the NC State Fair’s pre-fair “Safety Press Conference.” The was considerable discussion of last year’s “incident” with the Vortex ride hurting riders, but I was there to discuss the NC State Fair’s anti-gun policy.

Commissioner Troxler has unilaterally decided that legal Concealed Handgun Permit holders are barred from carrying their legal concealed handguns in the State Fair. He cited the possibility of “accidental discharge,” and “losing your gun” along with making noises about how crowded the State Fair is. He went so far as to defend his policy in court, leading to a refusal of a judge to grant a restraining order against the anti-gun policy.

A judge ruled Monday that concealed handguns will not be allowed at the North Carolina State Fair, a decision that disappointed gun-rights advocates who asked for the ban to be overturned.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says he made the decision based on what he says is a vague 2013 law prohibiting people from carrying guns at events where admission is charged.

“A weapons ban is just one way to minimize risk and maintain a family-friendly environment,” he said.

Troxler says the policy has nothing to do with being against guns or the Second Amendment but that it is about concerns of accidental discharge.

“I believe that the mix of kids, guns, rides and large crowds is a bad idea,” he said.

My concern was never with having to defend myself inside the gates of the Fairgrounds. There are lots of cops about, none more than a few seconds away from you. My concern was always with the long walk back to my car with my wife. I am sure that many other CHP holders have similar concerns and are not too pleased with the Commissioner preventing them from protecting their family.

Luckily, WRAL was there to capture the exchange. My part starts at about 45:15 UPDATE: The video has been edited. I’m now at 37:40.

If, like Commissioner Troxler, you can’t hear my question, what I said was

Mr. Troxler, by actively fighting licensed concealed carry at the State Fair, and by loudly declaring to everyone that no one may carry so much as a can of pepper spray into the fair, haven’t you basically announced to every criminal in North Carolina that if they want easy targets all they need to do is lurk in the parking lots and wait for the people to come to them?

Troxler handed the question off to his Chief of Police, Joel Keith. Chief Keith said that there will be uniformed patrols of the parking lots, so I asked,

And if a person feels unsafe, and wishes to have an escort, will you send an escort with them, anybody who asks?

There you have the Department of Agriculture’s Chief of Police, Joel Keith promising not only uniformed police patrols in the parking lots, but armed escorts for anyone who asks for one.

So there you have it. Chief Keith, backed up by the Wake County Sheriff, Donnie Harrison, will provide you an armed police escort back to your vehicle. After they’ve made it illegal to defend yourself, I think it’s the least they can do.

UNC School of Government weighs in on State Fair Carry

The School of Government at UNC has a criminal law blog. The proprietor of that blog weighs in on Ag Commissioner Troxler’s unilateral ban on concealed carry at the NC State Fair.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has stated that firearms, even those carried pursuant to a concealed carry permit, will be prohibited at the North Carolina State Fair, which opens next week. Grass Roots North Carolina, a gun-rights group, contends that the Commissioner’s policy is unlawful. In the post, I’ll explore the legal issue.

Read the whole thing.

He says he’s not certain which part of the law that Troxler thinks he’s going to use to ban handguns, so he’s going to look at three possible ones.

  1. The State Fair is not contained in the “Specified State Property” in GS 14-269.4 where Concealed Carry is banned. Troxler can’t use that to ban carry at the fair.
  2. GS 14-269.3 has a clear exception for CHP holders to carry at events where admission is charged. The “person in legal control” section cannot apply to the State Fair, because in order to post a “No Guns” sign “in accordance with GS 14-415.11(c)” the property must be private property. “For that reason, I tend to think that the Commissioner doesn’t have the authority to ban concealed carry at the State Fair.” 
  3. He thinks that there might be enough wiggle room in GS 14-415.23(a) that allows local governments to post bans on “buildings and appurtenant premises.” I think he’s wrong and that this statute does not apply at all because the State Department of Agriculture is very clearly not “A unit of local government” in any way. GS 14-412.23(a) says specifically that “boards” and “agencies” of the State may not adopt any ordinances, rules, or regulations concerning legally carrying a concealed handgun. The only exception to that rule is the previously mentioned “unit of local government,” which could not be stretched to include a department of the State government.

I’ve left him two comments. First telling him that according to the sign that Troxler displayed at his press conference, he’s relying on 14-269.3.

See for yourself.

He wrote it directly on the sign they plan on using on the State Fair front gate.

I’ve also pointed out that the State Department of Agriculture cannot be considered “a unit of local government.”

We’ll see what he says. But this doesn’t bode well for Troxler and his attempted gun ban.

NCGunBlog and Triangle Tactical Podcast go to a press conference

I’d like to say that “hilarity ensued,” but it didn’t. Here’s the video shot by Luke of Triangle Tactical Podcast.

I question the Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler at about the 7:30 minute mark.

Lots of press were in attendence and I did an on camera interview with WRAL and talked with the reporter for the News and Observer. The current WRAL video doesn’t have my interview, but here’s the article.

Deep-fried anything may be allowed at the N.C. State Fair, but guns are not, and now a pro-gun group plans to sue the state to allow those with concealed-carry permits to bring their weapons onto the state fairgrounds.

I gave the reporter some good red meat, so I hope she’ll update the video for the 11 o’clock hour and include my interview.

Here’s the N&O

The state’s most recent gun law may allow concealed firearms at this year’s N.C. State Fair, where they have been forbidden for decades.

Here’s WNCN

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said Tuesday that he plans to continue a ban on weapons at the North Carolina State Fair this year.

And here’s ABC11

A pro-gun group says it will sue over a decision by North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler to continue a ban on conceal/carry weapons at the NC State Fair.

Keep in mind that these stories get updated over time, so let me know if you see anything interesting in them. If I suddenly appear in the WRAL story, let me know.

GRNC to Ag Commissioner: Do NOT post anti-gun signs at NC State Fair!

Last year we North Carolinian gun owners noticed something strange. The NC State Fair was posted against carrying firearms and the police set up metal detectors to keep guns out. The problem is that the law they were using to justify the gun ban had been amended under H937. Guns were only ever banned at the State Fair because they charged admission, which legally made it an “assembly,” and a Class 1 misdemeanor to possess a firearm. GRNC promised not to let this slide this year.

GRNC sent out this alert just a few minutes ago. 

TROXLER TO POST NC STATE FAIR
IN VIOLATION OF LAW

At the request of North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, GRNC representatives today met with the commissioner and his legal counsel after his police chief for the state fairgrounds, Joel Keith, began telling people the North Carolina State Fair would be posted against all firearms, including lawful concealed carry.AlthoughTroxler is not particularly anti-gun, he seems unwilling to take responsibility for doing the right thing, saying instead that as a member of the executive branch, he cannot interpret statutes and must follow the interpretations given to him (more on that shortly).Consequently, the commissioner and GRNC were unable toachieve a satisfactory resolution of the problem. GRNC is now preparing a filing for a temporary restraining order, through its sister non-profit, Rights Watch International, to prevent the fair, which starts in just over two weeks, from being posted.ORIGINS OF THE PROBLEM
Before passage of House Bill 937, which became effective on October 1, 2013, guns were prohibited at “assemblies of people for which admission is charged.” Since that section of NCGS 14-269.3 was changed to permit carry by those with concealed handgun permits, however, only private property owners hosting such assemblies may prohibit concealed carry. The state fairgrounds, of course, are not private property.

TROXLER’S DODGE
Although NCGS 14-269.3 specifically opens carry to permit-holders, Troxler claims “vague” language in the statutes enables the state to post under NCGS 14-269(a2), which says the state’s general prohibition on concealed weapons, “does not apply to a person who has a concealed handgun permit issued in accordance with Article 54B of this Chapter, has a concealed handgun permit considered valid under G.S. 14-415.24, or is exempt from obtaining a permit pursuant to G.S. 14-415.25, provided the weapon is a handgun, is in a closed compartment or container within the person’s locked vehicle, and the vehicle is in a parking area that is owned or leased by State government.”

THE TRUTH

    1. The section above merely enables permit-holders to keep guns in closed compartments of locked motor vehicles in state properties where guns are prohibited. It does not create a prohibition in itself.
    1. In fact, NCGS 14-269.4 lists the specific state properties – such as the State Capitol, Governor’s Executive Mansion” and courthouses – where guns are prohibited. That section does not include the state fairgrounds.
  1. Even in the exceedingly unlikely event a court agreed that Troxler is allowed to post the fair, nothing requires him to do so. In short, his rationalization that he is just following what he has to do is false. Troxler is choosing to prohibit lawful concealed handgun permit-holders from protecting their families not only at the fair, but also in the parking lots outside the fair.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
As we’ve seen time and again, gun-free zones are dangerous places for law-abiding citizens. No family should be rendered entirely helpless should an event occur such as what happened at theWisconsin State Fair in 2011. Dozens of teenagers and young adults attacked peaceful fairgoers as they left the fair. Eleven people were injured and thirty-one arrests were made. Criminals are always empowered when they know that their intended victims are disarmed. Posting against law-abiding gun owners is equivalent to a wink and a nod to the criminals who would prey on the now-defenseless families. Not an acceptable plan, Commissioner Troxler.

Expect the usual suspects to wail and gnash their teeth, but the reality is that there are now no laws against CHP holders carrying handguns at the State Fair, which starts in two weeks. The funny part is that according to my reading of the law, there’s no requirement that the CHP holders conceal their handguns. If you have a CHP, you can Open Carry the State Fair.

GRNC told Commissioner Troxler that he didn’t have a leg to stand on. They told him that if he forced the issue it would be played out loudly and publicly. Now he’s about to find out.

Click this link and send some email to Commissioner Troxler to let him know you want him to follow the law. Also make sure to give him a phone call tomorrow. Politicians and bureaucrats like phone calls, right?

Kay Hagan, “The Gun Grabber’s Choice”

Today both Moms Demand Illegal Mayors for Everytown, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc. as well as Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly’s gun grab group “Americans for Responsible Solutions” have endorsed Kay Hagan for Senator. Both are praising her as their choice to push gun control in the US Senate.

Here’s what “Everytown for Gun Safety” says

Kay Hagan EGS

And here’s a screenshot of an email I received from “Americans for Responsible Solutions.”

Kay Hagan ARS

Kay Hagan tried to make herself look pro gun with her do-nothing “Sportsmen’s Bill,” but even the anti-gunners saw through that cynical ploy. They’ve chosen her as their best bet to push gun control on us.

Pro Rights Progress marches on

Lee County, North Carolina, centered around Sanford, NC, has voted 4-3 to remove all anti-gun/anti-concealed carry laws. This is the first of two required votes.

Lee County Commissioners voted 4-3 to pass a resolution repealing a gun ordinance banning licensed concealed carry holders from bringing concealed weapons into public buildings.

The resolution must pass a second reading, scheduled for Oct. 6, before the ordinance will be repealed.

This is good news. The proposed new resolution will not only allow ordinary citizens to carry concealed in all county buildings, it will permit county employees to carry concealed as well.

There were two department heads that spoke out about it and what’s interesting is how the Department of Social Services – Child Protective Services manager told people about her unsupported fears and projected her opinion on the people who worked for her,

“Having guns in the building either being brought in by clients or brought in by employees increases exponentially the chances of something happening,” Shearer said. “People don’t want to work in a place where such incidents could happen.”

The Director of the County Health Department actually asked his employees.

Terrell Jones, Lee County Health Department director, said allowing concealed carry in public buildings has been on his mind since he first started working here.

He recalled witnessing a fight in the hallway at work and law enforcement was called, but said if someone had pulled out a weapon, many people could have been hurt before law enforcement would have arrived.

“We could have had nine people go down before someone got there,” Jones said.

Jones said he has heard about instances of people already bringing concealed weapons into the health department illegally.

“They’re being carried by non-law abiding citizens,” he said.

Jones said concealed carry permit holders are law abiding citizens who go through background and mental health checks to get these permits so that they are able to protect themselves, protect others and create a deterrent for criminal activity.

“A concealed carry is confusing to [criminals]. They don’t know whether their prey is going to be vulnerable or not,” he said.

Jones said on a poll of the health department, 12 are for repealing the gun ordinance, six were against it and one person was unsure.

Face it, gun grabbers. When 2/3rds of the County Health Department says “The bad people are already bringing guns in, we should be able to carry as well,” you’ve lost.

The next vote will be on October 6th.

 

There’s nothing they won’t try to ban

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to deal with Carrie Nation and her band of obnoxious anti-alcohol crusaders, try to have a conversation with the gun ban crowd. There is nothing they won’t try to ban. For the Children™

Via email:

On Tuesday, June 17, we alerted you that the North Carolina House will consider bill HB1250 called “AMEND DEFINITION OF DANGEROUS FIREARM.”

That bill was dropped into the Senate Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee. It has now been revised and added to another bill HB 369, Criminal Law Changes and will be discussed in that committee tomorrow, July 23.

The new wording of the referenced portion of the bill reads:

‘PROVIDE THAT AIR RIFLES, AIR PISTOLS, AND BB GUNS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE DEFINITION OF “DANGEROUS FIREARMS” FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: ANSON, CLEVELAND, HARNETT, STANLY,AND SURRY

SECTION 10.(a) G.S.14-316 reads as rewritten:

Ҥ 14-316. Permitting young children to use dangerous firearms.

(a)It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly permit a child under the age of 12 years to have access to, or possession, custody or use in any manner whatever, of any gun, pistol or other dangerous firearm, whether such weapon be loaded or unloaded, unless the person has the permission of the child’s parent or guardian, and the child is under the supervision of an adult. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.

(b)Air rifles, air pistols, and BB guns shall not be deemed “dangerous firearms” within the meaning of subsection (a) of this section except in the following counties: Anson, Caldwell, Caswell, Chowan, Cleveland, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Harnett, Haywood, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Vance.”

This section becomes effective December 1, 2014, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.’

The “certain purposes” are not spelled out but, most other countries, including the Czech Republic, Croatia and Kuwait, define these guns as “dangerous firearms” and restrict their use to children 18 and older. Most restrict velocity and some restrict pellet size as well. New Jersey and Rhode Island define all non powder guns as firearms, which generally ensures that all non-powder guns are kept out of the hands of children (absent direct adult supervision), and that felons and other individuals prohibited from possessing firearms are similarly barred from possessing non-powder guns

The current NC law,
SECTION 1.
G.S.14-316 reads as rewritten:
7″§ 14-316. Permitting young children to use dangerous firearms.
(a)It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly permit a child under the age of 12 years to have access to, or possession, custody or use in any manner whatever, of any gun, pistol or other dangerous firearm, whether such weapon be loaded or unloaded, unless the person has the permission of the child’s parent or guardian, and the child is under the supervision of an adult. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have compiled national data on non-powder gun injuries which illustrate the inherent danger of these weapons. Between 2001 and 2011, non-powder guns injured 209,981 people nationwide, including 145,423 children age 19 or younger. In 2011 alone, 16,451 injuries – including 10,288 injuries to children age 19 and younger – resulted from the use of non-powder guns. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, BB guns and pellet rifles cause an average of four deaths per year.

In 2011 two North Carolina children were killed within a week of each other from injuries sustained from pellet guns. And a 7 year-old was charged with two felonies for shooting at passing cars with a BB gun in 2013.

Because non-powder guns are designed to discharge projectiles, often at high speeds and with significant force, they should not be confused with toy guns. Both non-powder and toy guns, however, are often designed to appear almost indistinguishable from actual firearms, and may be mistaken for firearms by law enforcement or others. According to a New York Times investigation, “In recent years, dozens of police officers in Texas, California, Maryland, Florida and elsewhere have shot children and adults armed with what they believed were handguns but that were determined later to be BB guns or other types of air pistols.”

Kids injured and killed with Airsoft pellet guns-

1-year-old Georgia toddler
15 year-old Pennsylvania boy
5 year-old Kansas boy
10 year-old California boy
9 year-old Alaska boy
10 year-old Michigan girl
12 year-old New York boy
7 year-old West Virginia boy

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics –
The range of muzzle velocities for non powder guns overlaps velocities reached by traditional firearms.
Non powder guns pose a serious risk of injury, permanent disability, and even death.
Non powder guns (BB guns, pellet guns, air rifles, paintball guns) are weapons and should never be characterized as toys.

Stop this dangerous portion of the bill!!
Please contact as many members of the Senate committee as you can tonight or before 9am tomorrow and urge them to keep these non powder guns designated as dangerous weapons!

NCGV

http://www.ncgv.org/

A little background. There are currently 17 counties (out of 100) in North Carolina which deem air rifles, air pistols, and BB guns to be “Dangerous Weapons” for the purpose of allowing children to use them unaccompanied.

  • Anson
  • Caldwell
  • Caswell
  • Chowan
  • Cleveland
  • Cumberland
  • Durham
  • Forsyth
  • Gaston
  • Harnett
  • Haywood
  • Mecklenburg
  • Stanly
  • Stokes
  • Surry
  • Union
  • Vance

In these counties, and not in the other 83, it’s a Class 2 misdemeanor to allow your child to shoot a BB gun in the back yard unless you’re standing right there. We can debate whether or not this is a good idea, but it’s not exactly a crime worthy of 3 months in prison and a $500 fine. It’s not the same thing as Assault, which is also a Class 2 misdemeanor.

The reason that they are only removing 5 from the list of 17 is that in North Carolina there have something called a “local bill.” That is a state law that will only apply in certain counties. The most recent example of that was the Durham firearm registration that got overturned. It was a local bill that only applied in Durham. The limit on any given local bill is 5 counties. So the sponsors of this bill had to stop adding counties at 5. There is some talk that some legislators are miffed that they didn’t run a general bill and eliminate all 17.

So this is the hill that the new NCGV leader (and Bloomberg puppet) has chosen to die on. She wants to keep it a crime equivalent to assault for you to let your child shoot a BB gun without direct supervision. If you check out their webpage, they want to see the law changed to make it a crime to allow anyone under 18 to use BB guns unsupervised.

NCGV’s Position- NCGV opposes unsupervised use of these devices by children. We would rather see this law strengthened as it is in most countries to prohibit unsupervised use until 18 years of age.

I think it’s because they know that children raised around firearms won’t grow up to be irrationally afraid of guns when they grow up. They know that they have to make children fear and hate guns so that they will have some members when the current crop of old white gun haters die.

How long until we see these strange women attacking gun stores and Walmart BB gun displays with hatchets?

Bloomberg buys state affiliate of CSGV

The Coalition Cult to Stop Gun Violence Ownership has many state level affiliates. They are, in the words of Dr. Brian Anse Patrick,

antigun groups, although often generously funded under private foundation program initiatives, resemble the skeleton crews left on an abandoned ship – a “director” and a sole office assistant to respond to media queries, with a remote and largely silent “membership” that exists more as an abstract statistical aggregation than a living body.

The group here in North Carolina is North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (NCGV) and they fit Dr. Patrick’s description to a T. They were so bad that they didn’t even have a Director. NCGV ran out of money and she bailed, leaving their office assistant Gail Neely to attempt to fill her place.

Well it looks like Mike Bloomberg has purchased NCGV and has pushed the office assistant over the side as well. Via email…

Starting August 4, 2014, NCGV will welcome a new Executive Director!
Becky Ceartas comes to NCGV with 13 years of experience in public policy, grassroots organizing, lobbying, advocacy, media, leadership development, and event planning.  She has run successful campaigns on the local, state and federal levels.  She moved to North Carolina 9 years ago for her job with the Rural Advancement Foundational International – USA, a sustainable agriculture non-profit in Pittsboro, NC.  She is married, has a 2-year-old son, and likes to spend time outside.

Becky came to this issue after the Sandy Hook Tragedy.  She cares deeply about it as a mom and has since become the Advocacy Lead statewide for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She looks forward to the two groups collaborating on many projects.

I will leave NCGV with an incredible sense of pride in the movement we have built and the good we have accomplished during my nine years at NCGV.

As positive momentum in favor of sensible gun laws continues to build across the nation, region, and state, I am confident in the future of this organization, and remain grateful for the tireless efforts of our board, staff, and supporters to never stop fighting for a safer North Carolina.

Gail Neely

NCGV

http://www.ncgv.org/

So the statewide advocacy lead (who I’ve never actually heard of) from Moms Demand Illegal Mayors for Everytown, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc. has taken over as Executive Director of the only actual anti gun group in the state, in the process throwing the previous chair warmer over the side. In business this would be called a “hostile takeover.”

So let’s find out a bit about our new friend Becky Ceartas.

Facebook

LinkedIn – Currently Looking For Part Time or Contract Work at Nonprofits – Previous work, Greenpeace. (Now deleted)

Quit Coal – So she’s the NC anti-coal campaign organizer.

Google+ – Plenty of info on her previous work history. It’s the story of a True Believer. It’s Left wing all up and down. (Also deleted)

She’s married to Devin Ceartas. Who is Devin Ceartas? Well, he’s not saying.

Devin Ceartas once lived in the Midwest. Having cheated on his fiancé, a career as an Organic Chemist, with the young Student Environmental Action Coalition for years, he finally left his Ph.D. program on the eve of the wedding and ran off to the woods. He was a founding member of Missouri Heartwood and worked as Network Support Coordinator for Heartwood, serving the Forest full-time for the better part of a decade. Devin then up and changed his name, got married and followed his love’s career path to a god-forsaken little town in Orange Co. NY. Absent any other options, Devin turned his long-time fascination with his younger sibling, the Internet, into a career programming websites. Devin is now a Unix grey-beard business owner in Chapel Hill, NC, building database, web and iOS tools for Forest Protection, Sustainable Agriculture, and Fair Trade organizations (and a smattering of small businesses).

(The web developers at Heartwood have decided to redirect anyone who clicks this link. The page still exists. Copy this URL and past to another open tab to read it)

https://www.heartwood.org/council#Ceartas

So we have no idea what his name really is. Or was. Ceartas means “Justice” in Gaelic. We don’t know that his name change was innocent or if he was running from something. Something aside from the fiancé he abandoned.

Here’s his LinkedIn page. He owns NacreData. Nacre is the stuff we call Mother of Pearl.

So if Mike Bloomberg is buying State affiliate of CSGV and installing his own true believers, is he also buying the parent group? One hopes that he’s not stupid enough to give Ladd Everett a paycheck, but you never know. On the other hand, if he tosses Ladd out and forces him to get a real job, I approve.

The lesson here is that there are no Anti-Gun “Groups.” There is only one group. They are all the same people. No matter what name they have in their electronic letterhead, it’s the same very few people.

Second Amendment Foundation sues to overturn citizenship requirement for NC Concealed Handgun Permits

It’s about damn time.

The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in North Carolina on behalf of an Australian citizen who legally resides in the state, but cannot obtain a concealed carry permit under a state law that only allows citizens to get such permits.

I’ve been nagging the NCGA to get this changed for a while now. GRNC tried to get it worked into a bill, but the Reps and Senators don’t want to do much for gun rights this session. Now they’re going to be forced to change it.

For those who have never seen this before, the lawsuit is a slam dunk. It is unconstitutional to deny ordinary rights to non-citizens based solely on the fact that they are not citizens. You can’t tell them they can’t freely speak. You can’t tell them they can’t peaceably assemble. And you can’t tell them they can’t have a concealed handgun permit.

NCGA, you brought this on yourself. You could have changed the law, but you didn’t. Now enjoy your lawsuit.

Morrisville, NC Town Council Meeting wrapup

On Tuesday I spent the evening at the Morrisville Town Council Meeting with Luke and Ben from Triangle Tactical Podcast and Andy Stevens, who represented Grass Roots North Carolina.

The excitement of Town Council meetings is palpable in this photo.

MorrisvilleTC6-10-14

They were discussing the Town development plan and its probable effects on the trees in some currently disused parcel of land. No one said that gun rights activism was always glamorous. How bad was it? Like I said on Facebook, I would rather have been Open Carrying a Tapco’d out SKS in a Chipotle.

The meeting was a strange on as there appeared to be no hook at all for the anti-gunners. There was nothing on the agenda that would have brought them to the Town Council to air their views. Every municipality has at least one self-styled “Gadfly” who makes his (generally his) opinion known at every opportunity, but a whole group numbering 5 or 6? With only two of their speakers from Morrisville? We had no idea what brought them in that day, but we showed up to make sure they didn’t go unopposed.

The first speaker was one of the last great anti-gun “public victims,” Kim Yaman. She’s a good speaker, if what you want is someone to cry crocodile tears on command while giving “testimony” about the terrible fear she suffered when she was a “victim” of gun violence. Through her tears she told the Council how she suffered and continues to suffer when some other people got shot on the same college campus as she was on back in 1991. Then she basically begged the Council to break the law and ban guns of all town property. Literally, “for the children.” In this case her grandchildren. She’s so terrified of we concealed handgun permit holders that she wants us disarmed by law in town parks. For The Children™.

After the emotional mood was set by the tears, former anti-gun MAIG mayor Jackie Holcombe gave her presentation. She thanked the Council for having illegal signs. She then proposed they add signs that “raise awareness” that CHP holders are still allowed to carry in parks with a sign that said something like “Warning: Your children might be exposed to strangers carrying loaded guns in this park.” Very few things make clearer the vast gulf in understanding between the Left and the rest of us. To them we are “Strangers carrying loaded guns.” To gun owners, it’s just your neighbor carrying for self-defense. And they call us paranoid.

After Jackie came a woman whose name I did not catch. She helpfully advised the Town Council that the UN Human Rights Commission was investigating the US for human rights violations including the proliferation of firearms and “stand your ground” laws. I am sure that the Town Council will take appropriate action on that item.

Wrapping up for them was Sarah Sydney, who is actually rather attractive despite her ugly online persona. She shocked us all by proposing that the Town Council repeal their gun bans in Town buildings to “be consistent” and “face the same dangers that our children face” or words to that effect. She said that since The Children™ had to suffer the anxiety of “armed strangers” in parks, then so should the Town Council. I almost stood up and cheered. There is a “no guns” sign on the Town building, but absolutely zero security. There was an armed officer in the building, open carrying in plain clothes with a gold badge. But no actual security. Ben, Luke, Andy, and I followed the law and went in unarmed, but nothing at all would have prevented someone from coming in, shooting the cop, and murdering us all.

It’s pretty obvious what their motivation was. They are terrified of average citizens with guns. In Kim Yaman’s formulation, she didn’t “know our intentions.” Without a uniform and a badge, she couldn’t judge our “intentions,” and so therefore was terrified of us. Instead of doing what my wife says and putting on their big girl panties and dealing with their irrational fears of their neighbors, there they were, in the Town Council meeting begging Daddy Government to make it illegal for all those awful, terrible gun owners to carry guns in parks. For The Children™. Note that they weren’t asking for any actual security. No added patrols by the cops, not airport style screening to make sure that the rules were followed. Nope, just another signs.

After the Moms Demanding Illegal Mayors for Everytown, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc, finished, Andy Stevens of GRNC spoke. He took the opportunity to remind the Town that their anti-gun park signs were illegal and were inviting a lawsuit. He also agreed that Ms. Sydney’s proposal to remove the anti-gun signs from Town buildings was a good idea.

I followed and basically just mocked the Demanding Mommies. I admitted that I didn’t live in Morrisville, but pointed out that neither did Michael Bloomberg. I told them that I was in stunned surprise to find that I agreed with Holcombe and Sydney that proper signs needed to be put up at the parks and that removing the anti-gun town building signs was a good idea. My speech was rather weak because I did not prepare a statement and attempted to riff off of the previous speakers. I need to remember to bring note cards next time I do that to keep me on track.

After that part of the meeting, Luke and Ben of Triangle Tactical Podcast hauled out the audio gear and interviewed Andy and me. They’ve posted the 18 minute podcast already, so you should check it our. Download it HERE.