GRNC Doesn’t Take A Double-Cross Lightly

When you attempt to double-cross Grass Roots North Carolina by going back on your word, they don’t take it lightly. Their response may not always win them friends but it does put politicians on notice about going back on your word.

Sheriffs in North Carolina have been dragging their feet on issuing pistol purchase permits. What used to be an immediate issuance has now started to drag into weeks and months because of a new requirement for a mental health check. I spoke to a client recently in Henderson County who waited over four months for his pistol purchase permit.

What GRNC sought was a sun-setting of the paper medical-release provisions once the records had been digitized. Sen. Shirley Randleman (R-Stokes, Surry, Wilkes) had inserted these provisions into a bill that was due for a floor vote. Now she has taken what she wanted in that bill and transferred it into another bill due for a floor vote and left the sunset provision to die on the vine.

More in the GRNC alert below. It’s time to play some General Assembly hardball.

SENATOR SELLS OUT ON PISTOL PERMIT

MEDICAL-REPORTING FIX


Last week’s gun-rights hero is this week’s gun-rights turncoat . .

It was not even a week ago that
GRNC issued an update praising NC Senator Shirley
Randleman
(R-30, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes) for courageously standing up for gun owners alongside another courageous legislator, NC Rep. Michael Speciale (R-3, Beaufort, Craven, Pamlico).

Unfortunately, it appears that the victory Sen. Randleman helped hand to
gun owners last week was only a feint, and she apparently never
intended to
follow through on her pro-gun stance during this legislative session. In
short:

SENATOR SHIRLEY RANDLEMAN IS A
SELLOUT!

Last week, Sen. Randleman was a key figure in
helping GRNC fix the NRA’s previous blunder, a major blunder that was
giving sheriff departments cover to flout state law and force citizens
to wait inordinately extensive (and illegal) lengths of time to receive
pistol
purchase permits (PPP). Randleman helped to insert the administrative
fix to this problem into S89,
a bill that, at the time, was sure to receive a
hearing and a floor vote. This is all gun owners wanted from this bill,
and it’s such a small thing really—simply sun-setting the outdated
paper medical-release system once records-digitization is completed.

Unfortunately, even this small thing, this minor administrative fix that
will go a
long way in easing pressure on sheriff departments, and make life easier
for gun owners like you, was just too much for Sen. Randleman to
continue to
support. You see, this week, Randleman moved her favorite projects from
S89 to another bill, another bill that will surely receive a hearing and
a
vote. However, the medical-reporting fix must not have been one of her
favorites after all, because she left it where it was, and now it is
believed
that S89 is going to be left to languish and die without a vote. With
all of this in mind, there really isn’t any other way to say it: 
Sen. Randleman sold out gun owners—big time!

Randleman received her positive, “pro-gun” press last week, and
must have figured that was all she needed to gain some gun-rights cred.
However, she didn’t count on the fact that GRNC is still paying
attention. We are paying attention, and we are here to tell gun owners that Sen. Shirley Randleman pulled the ol’ slimy
politician’s feint against you when she thought you weren’t looking!
She may have been quietly laughing at you when she
pulled this little stunt, but she likely won’t be laughing once she learns that she has been caught.

Why Did Leadership Allow This
Trickery?


This cannot stand! We must demand that Shirley
Randleman
return the Medical Form Sunset provision to whichever bill is sure to
receive a hearing and a floor vote, and we want an explanation. Also, we
need to
know why GA leadership, Speaker Tim Moore and
Senate Leader Phil Berger, allowed this trickery
to occur in the first place.

Below, see how you can easily contact Sen.
Randleman, and also the House and Senate leaders. They must answer for
this!
Please make the phone calls as well as sending the emails. If at all
possible, make the phone calls during the time requested (today, 9-11
AM).

Untrustworthy politicians like Shirley Randleman must be
informed that she can’t throw gun owners under the bus and get away with
it!

IMMEDIATE ACTION
REQUIRED!


  • PHONE SENATOR
    RANDLEMAN
    : (919) 733-5743.
    Please make phone calls today, Tuesday, between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. If you can’t call during those times, please call
    later.
     

    Suggested phone message:
    Hello,
    my name
    is ___________. I am calling because I am a North Carolina gun rights
    supporter, and I’ve just learned of the about-face that Senator
    Randleman
    pulled on gun owners. We were counting on the senator to help us fix the
    medical reporting system for pistol purchase permits, and last week,
    she
    acted as though she was going to come through for us. However, I am now
    aware that the senator has moved all of her favorite projects from
    Senate Bill
    89 to another bill, but left the administrative medical-reporting fix in
    S89, where it is now likely to languish and die. I am demanding that
    Senator
    Randleman provide voters with an explanation for why she sold us out,
    and I’m insisting that she find a way to return the medical-reporting
    fix
    to a bill that will receive a hearing and a vote. I will continue to pay
    very close attention to this issue through alerts from Grass Roots
    North
    Carolina. Thank you.



  • PHONE HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP: Senator Phil Berger (919) 733-5708 &
    Speaker Tim Moore (919) 733-3451. Please make phone calls today, Tuesday, between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. If you can’t call
    during those times, please call later. 

    Suggested phone message:  

    Hello, my name is ___________. I am calling because I am a North Carolina gun rights supporter, and I’ve just
    learned that [Speaker Moore] / [Senator Berger] has
    allowed pending gun rights legislation, which would sunset the
    requirement for paper medical release forms for pistol purchase permits,
    to be positioned so that it has no chance of receiving a floor vote. I
    would
    like to know why he would allow this pro-gun legislation to be left
    behind, in Senate Bill 89, where it will languish and die, and I insist
    that
    leadership stand up for gun owners and find a way to place this language
    in a bill that is sure to receive a floor vote. I will continue to pay
    very
    close attention to this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North
    Carolina. Thank you.



  • EMAIL SENATOR RANDLEMAN at this address: Shirley.Randleman@ncleg.net

    Use the copy/paste
    message provided below under ‘Deliver This Message to Sen. Randleman.’

  • EMAIL SENATE AND HOUSE LEADERS
    using these copy/paste
    email addresses:
    Tim.Moore@ncleg.net;
    Phil.Berger@ncleg.net

    Use the copy/paste message
    under ‘Deliver This Message to Sen. Berger & Spkr. Moore.’ 

DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO

SENATOR RANDLEMAN


Suggested Subject: “Fix Your Sellout of Gun
Owners!
 
Dear Senator Randleman:

I have just been informed of the
fast
one you have pulled on gun owners. Last week, you were basking in praise
for your courageous efforts to make sure pro-gun language was inserted
into
Senate Bill 89. This language would sunset the antiquated paper medical
reporting requirement for pistol purchase permits, once the records are
digitized. An obvious update for the twenty-first century. A small
change perhaps, but this small change would make a huge difference.

As you know,
various sheriff departments around the state have been using this
antiquated reporting requirement as an excuse to delay pistol purchase
permits for
extended, and unlawful lengths of time. I was sure you were going to
help the voters end all of that, but I was clearly wrong. It appears you
have
sold out gun owners, and I am incensed.  Please understand that the
little trick you just pulled did not go unnoticed. I am fully aware that
you
moved all of your favorite projects to another bill, but have left the
medical-reporting fix in S89, where it will now surely languish and die.

I
am
demanding that you explain your about-face on this legislation, and I’m
insisting that you find a way to return the medical-reporting fix to a
bill that will receive a hearing and a vote.

I will be paying very close
attention to this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.

Respectfully, 

DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO
SEN. BERGER
& SPKR. MOORE 



Suggested Subject: “Pistol Permit
Medical-Reporting Fix Must Receive a Vote
”  
Dear Senator Berger and Speaker Moore:

I have just learned that the NC House
and
Senate Leaders have allowed pending gun rights legislation, which would
sunset the requirement for paper medical release forms for pistol
purchase
permits, to be positioned so that it has no chance of receiving a floor
vote. This is unacceptable, and I would like to know why the ostensibly
pro-gun House and Senate leadership would allow this legislation to be
set aside where it will surely languish and die.

As you know, various
sheriff
departments around the state have been using the antiquated paper
medical-reporting requirement as an excuse to delay pistol purchase
permits for
extended, and unlawful lengths of time. I was sure you were going to
help the citizenry end all of that. If that is not the case, I am
terribly
disappointed.

As a gun owner, and a voter, I must insist that you correct
this reversal by standing up for gun owners and finding a way to place
this
language into a bill that is sure to receive a floor vote. Is it really
too much to ask that you support gun owners on such a small thing, like
this
simple administrative fix? This is a minor item that will make a major
difference to gun rights voters, and it serves to bring our state’s
background check system into the twenty-first century.

I will continue to
pay very close attention to this issue through alerts from Grass Roots
North
Carolina.

Respectfully,  


6 thoughts on “GRNC Doesn’t Take A Double-Cross Lightly”

  1. John,

    From an article about how to petition your government (it was a loooooong time ago!) the preferred and most effective way is to go to an officials local office if possible.

    Constituents who take time out of their day to go to an office make a bigger impact on the workers, and they'll relay that to the official.

  2. Hi JR..
    I was looking to move back east and buy a small house to retire in. North Carolina was on that list until I researched the gun laws there. Are they sure they are in the south? Anyway, looks like I will be looking at South Carolina now. Best of luck dumping these turncoats!

    Dan

    1. We have been getting better and better over the last two sessions of the General Assembly. The one major sticking point is the Jim Crow-era Pistol Purchase Permit. The sheriffs and their association don't want to let go of this even though it just duplicates the NICS system. They want their $5 per permit even though it is costing them more to process them.

  3. This is what I received back from her office:

    Thank you for reaching out to Senator Randleman regarding Senate Bill 89. Senator Randleman appreciates you taking the time to share your thoughts.

    Unfortunately, it appears you have received bad information about the status of this legislation. Senator Randleman’s original bill, which passed the Senate unanimously, was not related to pistol purchase permits. Once it moved to the House, Rep. Michael Speciale amended the bill in a House committee to include the pistol purchase permit fix. Senator Randleman supports Rep. Speciale’s amendment and even worked to ensure necessary funding was included in the Senate budget to speed up the process of digitizing medical records.

    Now it appears Rep. Speciale’s pistol purchase permit fix is stuck in the House, and Senator Randleman has no influence over whether it will be heard. Make no mistake: the decision to delay it from receiving a vote on the House floor is being made by House leaders alone. Please consider contacting them to share your concerns on this delay.

    Senator Randleman has a long record of supporting the second amendment rights of law-abiding North Carolinians, and will continue to be a supporter of gun rights. Please feel free to contact her in the future if she can be of assistance.

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