North Carolina Representative Michael Speciale has introduced a Resolution in support of the Second Amendment and in just a few days it has already gained 24 co-sponsors with more I am sure waiting in the wings.
H 63 reaffirms North Carolina commitment to the Second Amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms” as protected by the US and North Carolina Constitutions. The text of the resolution simply states that it is:
“ Whereas, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”; and
Whereas, Section 30 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of North Carolina provides: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.”
This resolution, further states that the “United States Supreme Court has twice upheld the Second Amendment as applying to an individual’s right to keep and bear arms in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago”. And that passed legislation and proposed new legislation to limit our right to “keep and bear arms” has not shown it works and is nothing more than an infringement on our rights as stated below:
“Whereas, the President and Vice-President of the United States have proposed adopting laws, regulations, or actions that would have the effect of infringing on the right of Americans to keep and bear arms; and
Whereas, in the past, reasons offered in support of these infringements such as registering guns, banning certain kinds of weapons and accessories, requiring extreme background checks, and restricting concealed carry permits have not been shown by the substantial weight of scientific evidence to have been effective in accomplishing the stated objectives of such restrictions as compelling necessities for government action to protect the public safety…”
Finally, that on passage of this resolution that it be transmitted to the States Congressional delegation so that they would hopefully act in accordance with the wishes of the North Carolina State Houses wishes as affirming their support of the Second Amendment.
This is a good resolution as far as it goes but will be wholly inadequate in the protection of our US and North Carolina State Constitutional guarantees of the people’s “right to keep and bear arms.” I would suggest that one or all these sponsors propose one of many versions of Second Amendment bills introduced in other states in just the past few weeks; see our legislative tracking page for the Second Amendment.
With almost 2800 petition signatures supporting the North Tenth Amendment Centers proposed Second Amendment Preservation Act legislation for North Carolina I think that it would be a good bill to demonstrate to the federal government that the Constitution does not give them the authority to violate the Second Amendment and by extension the North Carolina Constitution.
If you live in North Carolina, contact your state legislator. Let him or her know of your concern over federal actions to take away your 2nd Amendment rights and that you expect support of this resolution. And that you also want their support for even stronger legislation to block proposed Executive Orders and Congressional actions. Click here for contact information.
If you live outside of North Carolina, still contact your state legislator. Inform him or her that you hope similar legislation will be introduced in your state.
Please contact these Representatives and thank them for their support of this resolution and ask them to sponsor the proposed Second Amendment Preservation Act :
Arp; J. Bell; R. Brawley; Bumgardner; Cleveland; Ford; Iler; Jones; Jordan; Martin; McElraft; McNeill; Pittman; Presnell; Riddell; Saine; Schaffer; Setzer; Shepard; Starnes; Steinburg; Stone; Warren; Whitmire
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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