The state of North Carolina approved the bipartisan Second Amendment Preservation Act to allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves in places of worship. The proposal also introduced other exemptions that will expand gun rights in the state. The Senate reintroduced bill appeared on the floor of the legislature on June 19, 2020, after failing to pass during the last legislative session. House Bill 652 passed in both chambers with 33-14 in the Senate and 77-38 in the House.
Under the new bill, individuals can carry within places of worship that double as schools unless the owners of such institutions have different policies on firearms. Additionally, individuals whose permits expire will be allowed to take refresher courses instead of retaking the whole course. This exemption applies if the expiry is more than 60 days but does not exceed 180 days. The bill currently rests on the Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's desk for signing.
North Carolina has been a target of Bloomberg anti-gun ad propaganda because of the expanded rights for firearm owners. The billionaire's anti-gun group, Everytown For Gun Safety, intends to spend $5 million on ad campaigns called "Gun Sense Majority: North Carolina" to target Republicans vying for various seats. The campaign targets voters in the Research Triangle and Mecklenburg County with messages of ending gun violence.
Democrats in North Carolina have tried to introduce gun control laws by proposing the introduction of longer waiting periods as well as raising the minimum age. The Left tried to exploit Florida's Parkland Shootings as a reason for gun control in North Carolina despite the events having no connection with the state. However, Republicans insisted the residents did not wish to have their constitutional rights violated.
"Ask voters if they want their constitutional rights infringed upon," Chris Turner (R-Mecklenburg) said. "The answer is 'No.'"
Brad Overcash, the GOP chair for Tenth District, said Democrats were not honest with their intentions and were trying to exploit school shootings to fire up their support bases.
North Carolinian should be grateful for having legislators who support their constitutional rights when such rights are becoming a privilege in some states.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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