UPDATE: This Paul Valone is actually F. Paul Valone III, Civitas Intern, not F. Paul Valone II, his father and the President of GRNC. Sorry to both Pauls.
Paul Valone has an article that gives a good overview of the various pro gun bills that were introduced in North Carolina this year.
The past legislative session has been a historic victory for Second Amendment rights. Since claiming both chambers in the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time in over a hundred years, Republicans have made significant Second Amendment advances. Several bills have been introduced in the legislature and the most comprehensive bill, HB 650, has been signed by Gov. Perdue.
He’s not afraid to name names, either.
This bill was another very strong Castle Doctrine containing the important provisions mentioned above. However, it was vehemently attacked by Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam (R-Wake) who sought to gut the bill of provisions such as the expansion of the Castle Doctrine to locations outside of an individual’s home. Stam’s proposals would have made the bill practically moot. Though Stam’s amendment to the bill was not successful, HB 74 never received another hearing and has since died in committee.
Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam (R-Wake) led the opposition towards a specific provision which would have prevented employers from keeping employees with concealed carry permits from bringing firearms onto their property so long as the employee left the gun in their locked car. Stam, Hackney, and others chided the provision as “anti-business” and supported an amendment sponsored by Rep. McGrady (R-Henderson) striking this provision from the bill. This amendment passed by a small margin and the bill later passed out of the House and into the Senate.
The actions of Representative Stamm were harmful to Second Amendment rights. We may have to explain to him that he is only there to represent us, not rule over us. If he keeps forgetting that he’s there to protect our rights, we will have to stop electing him.