F. Paul Valone, President of Grass Roots North Carolina, just sent out this open letter regarding SB 594, HB 650, amendments, and the emergency powers gun ban. It shouldn’t come as surprise that I agree 100% with Paul on this if you have read this blog for more than a week.
I am a Life Member of both the National Rifle Association and of the Second Amendment Foundation. I also belong to Grass Roots North Carolina. As Paul says, this isn’t about the NRA or GRNC. I’d also add in the Second Amendment Foundation. It is about being smart and not-short sighted. We are in a Long War to regain our freedom and our God-given rights to protect ourselves and our families. We lost these rights bit by bit and now must win them back bit by bit. Among the tools we need to win are legal precedents. A case that gets mooted never becomes a precedent.
OPEN LETTER FROM PAUL VALONE:
IS SB 594 THE RIGHT BILL?
To: North Carolina Gun Rights Supporters
From: GRNC President F. Paul Valone
Members of the NRA recently received postcards urging them to call NC Senate leadership in support of Senate Bill 594, described in the postcard as “an emergency powers bill [to] ensure that our Right to Keep and Bear Arms cannot be suspended” during declared states of emergency.
But while North Carolina’s state of emergency law is indeed a problem, SB 594 is the wrong solution. Worse, it seems to be a short-sighted effort by the NRA to grab credit for what some would have you believe to be a victory.
Why? Because it would render moot – and cause the dismissal – of crucial litigation to expand recognition of the Second Amendment in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is Bateman v. Perdue. Together with the Michael Bateman, Virgil Green, Forrest Minges, and the Second Amendment Foundation, GRNC is working with Alan Gura – the winner of DC v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago – the cases which led the Supreme Court to affirm the individual right to keep and bear arms.
Although GRNC has made numerous entreaties to NRA representatives to back the Bateman case, they have apparently fallen on deaf ears. Just as the NRA tried to derail the DC v. Heller decision in its early stages through its attempts to repeal the DC gun ban, now it apparently wants gun owners to regard GRNC – the state’s most vocal and effective gun rights organization – as somehow “anti-gun” for realizing that SB 594 is a short-sighted and misguided vehicle to advance gun rights.
Gun rights supporters have two choices:
* Help the NRA achieve a narrow, short-sighted win by amending HB 650 or other gun bills to include language from SB 594, the now-dead “state of emergency” bill; or
* Help Gura, SAF and GRNC expand the interpretation of the Second Amendment, which will not only render North Carolina’s state of emergency law unconstitutional, but will advance gun rights for everyone, everywhere.
Don’t support GRNC. Don’t support the NRA: SUPPORT THE SECOND AMENDMENT! And do so by helping Bateman v. Perdue expand your right to keep and bear arms.
Armatissimi e liberissimi,
F. Paul Valone
President, Grass Roots North Carolina
I would also urge you to read Sean Sorrentino’s post that went up this afternoon entitled More Respectful Disagreement. It is an excellent post and I think his ideas are on the mark.