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Bill would end local permits for pistol purchases

Posted April 23, 2009
Updated April 25, 2009

— A bill before the state Senate would repeal a law requiring North Carolina sheriff's offices to issue a permit before residents can buy a pistol.

"There should be no infringement on a person's ability to purchase a gun," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin County.

Gun control advocates were shocked when they learned of the bill.

"How can this be the response, that we want to to make it easier (to get guns)?" said Roxane Kolar, executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.

Berger argued that leaving it up to local sheriffs to decide whether to issue a person a gun permit is too subjective.

"We need to begin to look at those laws that are on our books that were written at a time when people did not fully appreciate the Second Amendment," the senator said.

Kolar argued that local sheriffs are precisely the people who should be making such decisions, since they will likely know who the local troublemakers are.

"They have privileged information that is not going to be on a database at the federal level," Kolar said.

The state bill would not repeal national law that requires prospective pistol and crossbow buyers to pass an instant federal background check.

Jim Slaughter, owner of Zebulon Jewelry and Pawn, said the separate state- and federal-level checks aren't needed.

"In my opinion, it is kind of redundant," he said.

Slaughter said that most of his customers looking at pistols are shopping for protection. "They are good to keep in the nightstand by the bed," he said.

Kolar said, though, that doing two checks makes the gun-buying process safer.

"Not everything can end up on your background check," she said.

North Carolinians Against Gun Violence has sent out more than 2,000 emails opposing the legislation, which was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce about a month ago.


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  • james27613 Apr 24, 2009

    Interesting fact from the NICS website, wonder if they
    prosecuted any of the 700,000 people denied ?
    Not all are criminals, even if 10% were criminals,
    why are they not prosecuted and in prison ?

    More than 100 million such checks have been made in the last decade, leading to more than 700,000 denials.

  • Adelinthe Apr 24, 2009

    They're joking right?

    Lord help us.

    God bless.


  • james27613 Apr 24, 2009

    This bill, if passed, will save the local sheriff offices a lot of money, more then the price to purchase the permit(s).

    We have NICS so the permit is a waste of time and money to perpare them.


    If you have a CCW you do not need the permit to purchase.

  • oldfirehorse Apr 24, 2009

    Do they still require registration in Durham? If so, now there's one that's out of date.

  • oldfirehorse Apr 24, 2009

    Heck, half the fun of buying a handgun is getting all the paperwork in order, having a cup of coffee with the Sheriff or his/her designee, proudly presenting the permit or CCP at the shop, waving and smiling at the occupants of cars with Obama/Biden bumper stickers on the way home; again, what's the issue?

  • SNUPE Apr 24, 2009

    Bad Idea...

  • oldfirehorse Apr 24, 2009

    Permits are pretty much antiquated. My favorite gun shop rarely asks for a permit. They assume a CCP and ask for that.

  • falcatta Apr 24, 2009

    BSC - "The main reason why we have the requirement here in NC dates back to the Jim Crow era, as a way of keeping blacks from owning handguns, hence the "Moral character" part on the permit application."

    You've hit the nail on the head. For an historical perspective, see Clayton Cramer's "The Racist Roots of Gun Control" at http://www.constitution.org/cmt/cramer/racist_roots.htm

    ncsteward - "I'm an avid hunter. This bill is not a good idea."

    You do not lend credence to your argument by stating that you're an avid hunter. Rather, you only highlight that you do not understand the Constitution.

    confederateyankee - Molon Labe, indeed, brother!

  • SomeRandomGuy Apr 24, 2009

    "The process serves no purpose other then to burden the legal gun purchaser and to make revenue for the county."

    Ding Ding Ding, we have a winner. This is a revenue generator for the counties.

  • oldfirehorse Apr 24, 2009

    "i cant think of one reason anyone should own a handgun" - whomever ---- I can think of one reason anyone should own a handgun. Because they want to. Don't need anymore reason than that, or maybe something to jot down on the application. What's the issue?