Gun control group hits NC airwaves

Posted May 11, 2015

— National gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety has bought airtime for a TV ad urging lawmakers to oppose House Bill 562, an omnibus gun bill that would relax restrictions on owning and carrying weapons in the state.

The 30-second spot is scheduled to run statewide on broadcast television this week.

House Bill 562 would repeal North Carolina's requirement that a prospective handgun buyer obtain a pistol permit from the county sheriff. That process includes a criminal background check.

At present, the pistol permit is the only criminal background check in place for private gun sales. Private sales, which advocates say constitute roughly 40 percent of all gun sales in the state, are not subject to federal background checks.

"The Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand with common-sense gun laws," intones a narrator over a folksy soundtrack. "So why do some lawmakers in Raleigh want to repeal North Carolina's handgun background check system?

"When Missouri repealed their background check system, gun homicides spiked," the ad continues. "We don't need to make the same mistake."

While unusual, it's not unheard of for national advocacy groups to buy ads to oppose or support legislation under consideration by state legislators. However, a week-long statewide broadcast television buy represents a substantial investment, particularly before the proposal has even reached a chamber floor.

Everytown calls itself a "gun violence prevention organization." It includes the groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded and initially bankrolled by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots group founded in response to the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut.

The fate of the bill remains uncertain. It was pulled off a House Appropriations Committee meeting agenda last week at the request of sponsor Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, R-Mecklenburg, and has not yet been rescheduled.

Neither Schaffer nor co-sponsor Rep. John Faircloth, R-Guilford, responded to WRAL News' request for comment. The National Rifle Association, which supports the proposal, has not yet responded, either.


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  • Abrams Tanker May 13, 2015
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    NEWSFLASH: Gun Control only makes it difficult for those follow the law. Do you really think the criminal element goes and sign's up for a permit and submits to a background check?

    The only real measure of gun control is a target.

  • Wayne Hendrix May 13, 2015
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    The ad lies with respect to the statement that MO. homicides spiked. If you google it and look at the numbers the truth is told. If you really want to see what happens when you make a law that everyone in town must own a gun and you are free to open carry it look at Kennesaw GA. because after they passed it crime took a serious dive down.

  • Matt Wood May 12, 2015
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    NEWSFLASH: Gun control laws existed well before the 1860s. This whole "gun control is Jim Crow" argument didn't even pop up until 2010 after the McDonald v. Chicago ruling. See:

    Also, you people need some reading comprehension skills. The artile does NOT say "40% of guns are sold without a background check." What it DOES say is, 40% of gun sales (i.e., private sales) are not SUBJECT TO FEDERAL background checks. That's all. It means that federal law only requires background checks when purchasing from federally-licensed dealers, but it does not apply to private sales. Therefore, we don't really know how many of those private sales, which constitute 40% of all gun sales in the state, are actually following NC's current law.

  • Kenny Dunn May 12, 2015
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    Of course. With this logic why should there be laws when the lawless will just ignore them anyway?

  • Mark Cline May 11, 2015
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    Yes! Donate to the NRA and Grass Roots North Carolina.

  • Ken Soderstrom May 11, 2015
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    How is it that the "40% of guns are sold without a background check" lie still being told despite the fact that even the mainstream media exposed it years ago?

    And the Bloomberg gun control groups keep spreading it despite the fact they know it is a lie. They must be very confident that they won't be called on it by NC Capitol.

  • Jennifer Apple May 11, 2015
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    "At present, the pistol permit is the only criminal background check in place for private gun sales. Private sales, which advocates say constitute roughly 40 percent of all gun sales in the state, are not subject to federal background checks."
    Firstly, the author fails to mention the Jim Crow origins of the NC Pistol Permit or the fact that no background check or permit is required for a private sale of a long gun in NC. Secondly it is so sad that the anti-gun folks have so little to actually fight the common sense of lessened gun laws that they are forced to dredge up tired bogus statistics like the "40% of all gun sales are not subject to background checks". Reda and be enlightened.

  • Ed Livesay May 11, 2015
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    Exactly, Mark! Does anybody truly believe that criminals care which way the bill goes? The people in Missouri that committed criminal acts with guns never had permits, would have obtained permits or care if you have a permit. Nothing more than liberal sky is falling rhetoric.

  • Mark Cline May 11, 2015
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    Some studies showed a 14% to 34% rise in "age adjusted homicides" in Missouri after the repeal of the permit to purchase (PTP). This was acknowledged to be during a time when national homicide rates were dropping, so, there must have been another reason for the spike.

    The Johns Hopkins study states that there was no spike in gun homicides in neighboring states. There are 8 neighboring states, 5 of which do not have PTP requirements.

    The study acknowledges that there was a spike in guns sold in Missouri being seized in the states that have retained their PTP requirement. That would be primarily Illinois. Nebraska and Iowa are the other 2 states adjacent to Missouri retaining PTPs.

    NC adjacent to 4 states: Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. None of which have PTP requirements. To apply Missouri's supposed result to North Carolina is not reasonable. Sorta like apples to oranges.