Bill To Repeal Pistol and Crossbow Permits Introduced In NC

A bill was introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly today that would repeal the requirement to get a permit from your local sheriff’s department in order to purchase a pistol or a crossbow. The bill, HB 390, is sponsored by Rep. Michael Wray (D-Northampton) and Rep. Mark Hilton (R-Catawba).

This is a change that is long overdue given the NICS system. I’m not sure how, why, or when a permit was required to purchase a crossbow. However, the requirement to obtain a permit from the local sheriff dates from 1919. Less than 20 years earlier, the Democrats had regained control of the North Carolina state government on a platform of strict segregation. Pistol permits were a way of ensuring only the “right people” were armed with sidearms and the thought was that the local sheriff would know who those people were. It goes without saying that an African-American was de facto not one of the “right people”.

It is past time for this vestige of the Jim Crow South to be gone.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION 2011
H D
HOUSE DRH50130-LH-52B (01/19)
Short Title: Repeal Pistol/Crossbow Transfer Permit. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Wray and Hilton (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:

*DRH50130-LH-52B*

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT TO REPEAL THE STATE LAW THAT REQUIRES A PERSON TO OBTAIN A LICENSE OR PERMIT TO PURCHASE, SELL, GIVE AWAY, RECEIVE, OR OTHERWISE TRANSFER A PISTOL OR CROSSBOW.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 14-402 is repealed.
SECTION 2. G.S. 14-403 is repealed.
SECTION 3. G.S. 14-404 is repealed.
SECTION 4. G.S. 14-405 is repealed.
SECTION 5. G.S. 14-406 is repealed.
SECTION 6. G.S. 14-406.1 is repealed.
SECTION 7. G.S. 14-407.1 is repealed.
SECTION 8. G.S. 14-408 is repealed.
SECTION 9. This act becomes effective December 1, 2011.


3 thoughts on “Bill To Repeal Pistol and Crossbow Permits Introduced In NC”

  1. "I'm not sure how, why, or when a permit was required to purchase a crossbow."

    SB628 was passed in 1993, sponsored by Aaron Plyler, of Monroe, NC.

    Internet rumor says that a yute in his district used a crossbow to shoot a woman/girl, and his bill was the result of the inevitable "do something, anything" reaction.

    Plyler must have pissed someone off because he got redistricted out of a job.
    SB628 – http://tinyurl.com/5txus5b
    redistricting – http://tinyurl.com/5azhdr

    At that point my internet foo ran out. I can't find a newspaper story about the law that would confirm the motivation.

  2. @Sean – Thanks for filling in the blanks about the crossbow aspect of the law. I vaguely remember Plyler. In retrospect, I think it might have been better to have Plyler as we probably wouldn't have Hagan as a US Senator.

  3. Looked at the sponsor list for the crossbow law. I remember Clark Plexico – one of the co-sponsors who was from Hendersonville. He ended up ditching the State Senate in the middle of a term to take a job as a well-paid lobbyist for (I think) AT&T.

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