Paul Valone has an article that gives a good overview of the various pro gun bills that were introduced in North Carolina this year.
Monthly Archives: June 2011
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.
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.
Do you live in North Carolina? Did you know that you are a member of the Militia? The Governor of North Carolina recently signed House Bill 250, which updated the laws that govern the Militia of North Carolina.
In North Carolina, the Militia is composed of several bodies. First, the North Carolina National Guard
The North Carolina National Guard, both
army and air, Army and Air, shall consist of regularly commissioned, warrant and enlisted personnel between such ages as may be within the age limits established by regulations promulgated by the secretary of the appropriate service and shall be organized, governed, armed, equipped and have such the duties and responsibilities as hereinafter provided.provided in this Chapter.
Second, the Naval Militia
The naval militia shall consist of regularly commissioned, warrant and enlisted personnel between such ages as may be within the age limits established by regulations promulgated by the secretary of the appropriate service and shall be organized, governed, armed, equipped and have
such the duties and responsibilities as hereinafter provided.provided in this Chapter.
Third, the “State Defense Militia” which is an organized militia not subject to federal call up.
The State defense militia shall consist of commissioned, warrant and enlisted personnel called, ordered, appointed or enlisted therein by the Governor under the provisions of Article 5 of this Chapter and shall be organized, governed, armed, equipped and have
such the duties and responsibilities as hereinafter provided.provided in this Chapter.
Fourth, the “Historic Military Commands” which sound interesting, but I don’t know anything about.
Historic military commands are those historic groups which remain active by meeting at least once a month and which follow military procedures. Only
such groups as may be designated by the Governor shall fall within this branch of the militia. Any maximum age limits prescribed by this Chapter shall not be applicable do not apply to members of historic military commands.
And finally, the Unorganized Militia.
The unorganized militia shall consist of all other able‑bodied citizens of the State and of the United States and
such all other able‑bodied persons who have or shall declare their intention to become citizens of the United States, who shall be at least 17 years of age, except those who have been convicted of a felony or discharged from any component of the military under other than honorable conditions.
You can see from the quoted paragraph that some changes were made to the law governing the Unorganized Militia. This should tell you that if something else was intended, they could have very easily changed it. Unfortunately for those anti-gun types who dispute that the Militia exists, and that it includes much more than the National Guard, this law confirms that each and every able bodied adult citizens of North Carolina, minus a few exceptions, are members of the Militia. Note carefully that it does not restrict militia membership to men. That means that women are also members of the NC Militia. Yay equality!
The Governor can call the militia if she wants to.
The Governor shall, when ordering out the unorganized militia, designate the number.
He The Governor may order them out either by calling for volunteers or by draft. He The Governor may attach them to the several organizations of the North Carolina National Guard, the State defense militia or naval militia, as may be best for the service.
If the unorganized militia is ordered out by draft, the Governor shall designate the persons in each county to make the draft, and prescribe rules and regulations for conducting
Every member of the militia ordered out for duty, or who shall volunteer or be drafted, who does not appear at the time and place ordered, shall be liable to
such punishment as a court‑martial may determine.determined by a court‑martial.
So if the word goes out and you don’t show up as ordered, you get a Court Martial. The Governor doesn’t need to worry about me. If the State is in such a bad bind that I would be considered more of a help than a hindrance, I’ll show up.
There’s even a section where the State will promote marksmanship.
The Adjutant General is authorized to detail a commissioned officer of the North Carolina National Guard or member of the State defense militia to promote rifle marksmanship among the State defense militia and the unorganized militia of the State.
Such The officer or member so detailed shall serve without pay and it shall be his dutythe duty of the officer or member to organize and supervise rifle clubs in schools, colleges, universities, clubs and other groups, under such rules and regulations as prescribed by the Adjutant General shall prescribe and in such a manner to that will make them, when duly organized, acceptable for membership in the National Rifle Association. Provided, that such these duties and efforts shall in nowise interfere or conflict with clubs of schools or units operating in R.O.T.C.Reserve Officers’ Training Corps or similar schools under the supervision of armed forces instructors.instructors of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Oh, dear. Does that mean that the State is supposed to offer organized marksmanship training in regular schools throughout the State? And worse, these training clubs should be organized in a way acceptable to the evil NRA?!?! I wonder if they will be promoting Appleseed shoots? Do you think I can convince them to loan me a proper rifle for my training class?
Well, that puts paid to the ignorant concept that the “Militia” referred to in the Second Amendment refers solely to the National Guard. Don’t let the gun grabbers know. With all the other things going on, they’d probably not take it well.
A grandmother was found dead in her home Friday in Columbus County. The accused?
A Brunswick County man is accused of killing his grandmother, whose body was found in her home nearly a week after she died, lawmen said.
(Suspect) grew up with his grandmother, who cared for him from an early age. He moved away in December.
(Suspect) has a criminal history dating to 1998, mostly for minor infractions such as possession of alcohol by a person younger than 21, according to the N.C. Department of Correction. He was convicted of breaking and entering in a 2000 case, assault on a female and damage to property in 2006, speeding to elude arrest in 2008, and being a felon in possession of a handgun in a 2009 case.
Pace, who was convicted of the handgun charge in March 2010, was serving a three-year probation term.
Maybe he should have been handed a jail term. People in jail don’t kill their grandmothers. Also, who slits the throat of their own grandmother?
I’m starting to feel like Paul Harvey. The media tends to give you just a sanitized version of what’s happening in the world.
McDowell County authorities have charged a Morganton woman with murder in the shooting death of a McDowell man Sunday.
(Victim) was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest at about 4 p.m. Sunday, McDowell sheriff’s Capt. Shanon Smith said.
“I think they knew each other but not very well,” Smith said. “It appears to be some kind of neighbor dispute.”
So here’s the rest of the story.
Do you think that this killing might have been job related? Thieves have no respect for property, nor any respect for the owners of that property. So little respect that she decided to kill?
So on Sunday night they CMPD picked up the armed cell phone store robber. She didn’t keep her secrets to herself.
(Suspect 1) was questioned by detectives during the night, and shortly after daybreak police announced that (Suspect 2) was being charged with the tanning salon robberies, and that (Suspect 1) would be charged as a conspirator.
It won’t surprise you to find out that the already jailed accomplice also has a record. And not a nice one either. It looks like some drug convictions, Assault With a Deadly Weapon, and lots of Larceny.
And at the center of the monthlong spree – a 34-year-old woman who kept a gun tucked in her waistband.
As (Suspect 1) waited before being taken to jail Sunday, a reporter asked what motivated her to allegedly take part in a string of more than a dozen robberies that captivated the Charlotte area over the past month.
Wouldn’t hurt anyone? You had a gun! What were you planning on doing with that gun, conducting a symphony? In North Carolina, even now before the new Castle Law goes into effect, it’s perfectly legal to shoot a person who merely displays a firearm. If she walked into the store and showed the gun with the intent of intimidating someone, anyone in the store would be perfectly justified in shooting her dead, on the spot.
Once again we get to see that crime tends to be the exclusive province of practiced, even career, criminals. Maybe we should think about identifying those relatively few criminals and controlling them more effectively. Instead, the gun grabbers want to control us. Now if two drug saturated career felons can get weapons in order to commit armed robbery, what makes them think that taking our guns away will change that?
Oh, I forgot. Crime reduction isn’t really their goal.
So let’s say you’re 17, already in a “Juvenile Justice Facility,” and you get a weekend pass. What would you do? Pizza party? Chase women?
Authorities say a 17-year-old out for the weekend from a juvenile justice facility was shot and killed during a Halifax County home invasion.
Sheriff Jeff Frazier says a resident fired at four people as they were trying to get into an Enfield home at around 4 a.m. Saturday.
So he got together with three friends and tried to rob a home at 4 AM. At least two of the three friends were known to the cops.
The best part of the story is reported by NBC17
The occupant of the home got into a scuffle with the suspects at the door, picked up a weapon dropped by one of those trying to get inside, and opened fire. According to Capt. L.J. Burch, several shots were exchanged, one of the bullets killing the teen.
So the kid was shot with a gun that he and his friends brought to the scene of the crime. That’s poetic justice.
They say that birds of a feather flock together. Well one got shot down. It’s only a matter of time before the other three find out how they like living in a cage.
So you sell a motorcycle to a person and he stops making payments. Should you repossess it?
A York woman was stabbed in the neck during a fight over a motorcycle outside a pizza shop, police say.…
The victim, 33, was reportedly trying to retrieve a motorcycle she sold to (Suspect) that he owed months worth of payments on.
She tried to leave on the motorcycle when she was attacked by (Suspect), witnesses told police. When an employee at the pizza shop jumped in to stop the fight, Fields allegedly pulled out a knife. During the fight, he struck the woman in the neck.
I’m going to advise that in future, if you aren’t taking full payment in cash, don’t sell your property to a person with a record like this. Drugs, Larceny, and Possession of Stolen Goods aren’t considered points in your favor during a credit check.
I’ve heard that criminals tend to have one plan and stick with that plan. I wonder why she keeps hitting cell phone stores?
Police said they’re searching for a woman they believe robbed two cell phone stores this week in southeast Charlotte.
(Suspect), 34, is wanted for the armed robbery of the Game Freaks/Boost Mobile store on Albemarle Road on Tuesday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. She’s also suspected of robbing a Boost Mobile store Friday on East Independence Boulevard.
Maybe she knows something about Boost Mobile that I don’t. Maybe they make a lot of money in cash and Verizon stores get their money in credit cards. Who knows? What isn’t in doubt is her previous record.
Arrest records show Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested (Suspect) five times since 2009 on charges including drug possession, prostitution and probation violation.
She’s a felon with convictions of forgery, larceny and simple assault, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.
So once again we see that people don’t just grab a gun and start committing crimes. They usually start out with less confrontational crimes and move up to faster, more violent ways to get money. Here’s her conviction records. I think it’s time to offer her a lengthy stay at the Women’s Prison here in Raleigh.
There are many people that seem to get endless “second chances.” Here’s one of them.
Raleigh man faces charges that he tried to rob and kill another man with a stolen semi-automatic pistol Friday, according to arrest warrants.
(Suspect), 27, of 2124 Spring Forest Road, threatened to shoot a man if he didn’t hand over cash and a watch worth $300, the warrants state.
Another case of a gun causing an otherwise normal law abiding citizen to snap?
Harrelson has 11 convictions dating to 2000, including dealing drugs and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to state Department of Correction records. He has spent nearly two years behind bars.
I’m guessing that none of the 2 years in prison has helped him see the error of his ways. He’s already been to jail for possession of a firearm by a felon. This is his second go around on that charge alone. I think he’s had enough chances.
Here’s your Sunday funny. Cary, the Containment Area for Relocated Yankees, is a suburb of Raleigh.
The church’s security camera caught the intruders – and one deer’s scary dash down a hallway filled with kids and parents. It has collected 47,000-plus views on YouTube and appeared Tuesday on “Fox and Friends” on Fox News.
At least the Church has kept a sense of humor about their two broken windows