Move to repeal Durham firearm registry passes NC Senate

One of the strange things about North Carolina (and there are many) is that Durham County has a firearm registry. It’s banned everywhere else in the state, but the legislature authorized Durham to register firearms. I don’t know if anyone actually registers, but legally  you’re supposed to. Kind of like legally you’re suppose to come to a complete stop at the stop sign, but frequently you don’t. Now a Democrat NC Senator has manged to pass a bill through the House that repeals that registry, ending the only firearm registry in North Carolina.

A bill put forward by Sen. Mike Woodard, D-Durham, would do away with a 1930s era requirement that Durham County residents register their firearms at the county courthouse.

When I saw this, I was pretty confused. I’ve been keeping track of firearm bills and I’ve never seen this one. There’s a good reason for that. It was originally filed as a blank bill and changed just recently.

It’s short and sweet


AN ACT to repeal a 1935 Durham county Local act concerning firearm registration.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1.  Chapter 157, Public‑Local Laws of 1935, is repealed.

SECTION 2.  This act is effective when it becomes law.

Bang, that’s it.

Well it passed the Senate today, so it’s off to the House. And that should be the end of the Durham firearm registry that pretty much everyone ignores anyway.

Thanks Senator Woodard!

6 responses to “Move to repeal Durham firearm registry passes NC Senate

  1. Ron Walker

    Wow. I was born (1946) and raised in Durham and never heard of this. I seriously doubt anyone ever registered a rifle or shotgun, but do recall that a permit was required for a pistol in the olden days.

  2. My father and brothers live in Durhell. To get a pistol purchase permit you have to submit two non-family character references. Crazy town. The fact that it has a registry doesn’t surprise me as much as the idea that a Democrat wants to repeal it

  3. It’s for handguns only. Mostly not enforced but used as a selective tool for law enforcement. I believe it origins are like most gun laws of the period. It was aimed at black folk in spirit if not by letter. A former police chief tried to organize the registry with mixed success. The current Sheriff has his employees telling applicants for a purchase permit they are required to register or face legal action. I attribute that to the fact he is an appointee and needs the local prohibitionist/Democrats blessing to run for the position.

  4. I believe we need this bill…

  5. Has anyone heard anything else about the bill? Only ask b/c I live in Durham and never registered my pistol. I’m curious if it has passed the House.

  6. S226 has passed the Senate and is in the House.

    Because it passed one side, it’s still live until next session. When the House reconvenes next year they will consider it.