Like you, we at the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center are concerned over the unconstitutional push for gun control at the federal level. With each new proposed bill and executive order, it has never been more important for the North Carolina General Assembly to assert State Sovereignty and defend the right to keep and bear arms outlined in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 30 of the North Carolina Constitution.
While the state legislature will not be officially be back in session till the end of the month we need to hear from our elected state leaders as to what their plans are concerning the protection of our 2nd Amendment rights. In a recent radio interview reported in the News & Observer Governor McCrory said, “the anti-gun people are just shooting themselves in the foot with the discussion about banning assault weapons. ‘ You are only getting more people to buy new guns,’ he said. ‘This is foolish’.”
I would have much preferred to hear him say that “banning assault weapons” and other limitations on the 2nd Amendment is unconstitutional. So, not being sure exactly what he means I think it would be a good idea to get a clearer idea as to what North Carolina should do about possible anti-2nd Amendment legislation. We need answers from our governor and the North Carolina General Assembly on their proposed response to the federal assault on our rights.
We at the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center along with our sister Chapters around the country have written new model legislation to help legislators prepare for the federal encroachment on the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act for North Carolina is a broad act designed to declare all federal firearm laws null and void in the state of North Carolina. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution does not delegate any powers to make any laws regarding firearms, nor does any other section of the Constitution, and the Second Amendment directly prohibits such actions.
The bill goes even further, following the model set forth in the legislation currently pending before the state legislature of Wyoming, in providing for criminal penalties for any state or federal official who would attempt to help enforce a gun control, registrations, or taxation scheme against firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition in the state of North Carolina. A requirement for the state AttorneyGeneral to defend any North Carolinian prosecuted under federal firearms laws is also included in the bill.
Because the president has previously exceeded his authority under the Constitution, legislated by executive order, and used regulatory agencies to do the same via rules and regulation, the bill includes these government actions also.
In addition to Wyoming, Texas is currently considering similar legislation and there is word that the state of Ohio will soon follow.
To get a bill this strong passed in North Carolina, we will have to mount a concerted effort at the grassroots level to get it introduced and passed. Establishment legislators will doubtless try to water it down to a toothless bill. This will require a lot of hard work from freedom-loving North Carolinians.
Begin contacting state legislators now and ask them to sponsor this bill. If you need help finding your legislators’ contact info, use the Find My Legislator tool here.
William Kennedy [send him email] is the State Director for the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center. A strong supporter of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights with special emphasis on State Sovereignty protected by the Tenth Amendment.
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