A trio of Triangle mayors led by Durham’s Bill Bell on Thursday sought to put pressure on U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan to support an expansion of mandated pre-purchase background checks of would-be firearms owners.
The mayors at Thursday’s event had to deal with pushback from critics of the potential legislation, particular Sean Sorrentino, a Raleigh blogger who terms himself “pro-choice on self-defense.”
Sorrentino said the prospective background-check legislation would make “me, my wife and my friend into felons” by unduly restricting loans or even momentary transfers of possession of a firearm.
The mayors lie in response
Bell and Kleinschmidt rejected the criticism, Kleinschmidt arguing the bill would only cover sales and ensure that “the people purchasing firearms are not felons or seriously mentally ill.”
This is one of two things. Either the mayors know this is a lie, or they are so ignorant of the law being proposed that they don’t know it covers every transfer. Here’s the law itself
‘(3) For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘transfer’–
‘(A) shall include a sale, gift, loan, return from pawn or consignment, or other disposition; and
‘(B) shall not include temporary possession of the firearm for purposes of examination or evaluation by a prospective transferee while in the presence of the prospective transferee.
So Mayors, which is it? Are you simply ignorant of what the bill says? Or are you lying?
Readers, why don’t you ask them? Here are their email addresses.
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Send them a link to this post and ask them which it was. Were they they lying when they said that S649 applies only to sales? Or were they just too ignorant to know better?
You can even hit them on Twitter if you have an account. Just click to send the following tweet to them.
Q: @CityofDurhamNC @MayorMarkK & @JackieHolcombe: Lying about firearm transfers? Or just ignorant? http://bit.ly/XQDAOj
We should never allow politicians to lie to us unchallenged.