One Way To End A Sit-In

Anti-gun Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) tweeted this out picture of the Democrat’s sit-in of the House of Representatives floor. They are demanding a vote on gun control.

Here’s a suggestion for Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership. Be kind to those aging Democrats. I’m sure they are thirsty and you don’t want them fainting from dehydration. Send them some water or even some energy drinks (full of caffeine).

Make sure you provide them with a lot of liquids. Insist that they continue their sit-in for many more hours and don’t let them leave. I assure you that those old male Democrats with their old man bladders are going to start to get really twitchy sooner than later. I don’t care how much Flomax or Toviaz they are taking for BPH and OAB.

Trust me, it’ll work.

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.



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
(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


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
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
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
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

This cannot stand! We must demand that Shirley
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
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

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


    : (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

    Suggested phone message:
    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
    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,
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    close attention to this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North
    Carolina. Thank you.

  • EMAIL SENATOR RANDLEMAN at this address:

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

    using these copy/paste
    email addresses:;

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



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

I have just been informed of the
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
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
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
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.

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.



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
Senate Leaders have allowed pending gun rights legislation, which would
sunset the requirement for paper medical release forms for pistol
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
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

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
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
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


“Armed Heroes in Teacher’s Clothing”

My good friend, fellow blogger, and fellow podcaster Rob Morse spent several days recently training with a group of Ohio teachers in the FASTER (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response) program.

He begins his post:

They don’t look like heroes, but they are. I spent several days with a group of Ohio teachers who want to protect their students. Most teachers feel the same way, but these extraordinary individuals did something about it. They took a training course. They learned to stop an armed attack in their schools. They learned to treat the injured. Rather than shelter in place and wait for the police and EMTs to save them, these teachers became the good guy with a gun and bandages. The training program is a success. The volunteer organization that trains teachers doesn’t have enough money to train everyone who wants instruction. These men and women do it for love and they need our help.

Read his full report here.

Cert Denied For Challenge To Connecticut's AWB

The Supreme Court denied certiorari in Shew v. Malloy. This is the case that challenged the state of Connecticut’s assault weapon (sic) ban.

This lets stand the ban imposed after the Newtown shooting.

I am in a location without Internet access so I am making this brief and without links.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

UPDATE: The order list listing the denial of cert is here. I think Luke below and Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned are correct in that this is about the best we could hope for with a 4-4 divided court. By not accepting the case, the justices have limited the impact to only the 2nd Circuit with consists of New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.

A Public Gun Range For Buncombe County?

Buncombe County Commissioner Mike Fryar (R-Buncombe) has proposed the county switch $500,000 from a budget line allocated to the Asheville Art Museum and use it for the development of a public shooting range in the county. He had visited the range that was recently opened in Cleveland County (Shelby, NC) that is run in a partnership between the county and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Photo Credit: WLOS Staff

The range as Commissioner Fryar envisions it would have a 100-yard rifle range with six stations and a 25-yard pistol range with eight stations. I would hope they go further and create a pistol bay that can be configured for more advanced training or IDPA/USPSA competitions.

As might be expected, Fryar’s proposal is not being met with open arms by some of his fellow commissioners. From WLOS:

Commissioner Ellen Frost, also from District 2, called the gun range “absurd”.

She went on to say that it was not an appropriate time to bring up the issue after 49 people were gunned down inside a gay nightclub in Orlando.

“I think it’s incredibly disrespectful to the people of Orlando,” she said.

Fryar says he understands both views.

“Orlando was terrible. It was bad terrible, but as I told my brother 35 years ago, be careful brother. There’s a nightclub here in town called Scandals. He opened it,” he said. “My brother went to gun ranges and shot, in indoor range to shoot his pistol because he always had a pistol at the bar.”

Scandals, by the way, is a gay-friendly nightclub in Asheville.

The issue comes to a vote on Tuesday. Unfortunately, given the left-leaning composition of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners which include Ellen Frost, I don’t expect the proposal to pass.

From the Citizen-Times quoting Commission Chairman David Gantt:

Getting a majority of commissioners to defund the museum and put the money toward a gun range may, however, prove difficult. Fryar had the support of the two other Republicans to put the proposal on the agenda. But Democrats hold a 4-3 majority on the county’s governing body.

Democratic board Chairman David Gantt said he opposed the proposal because it would “leapfrog” over other projects the county has planned for years, including work on the East Asheville Library, the recycling transfer station and the radio system for emergency responders.

“Buncombe County would also have to buy land to build this proposed public outdoor shooting range,” Gantt said, adding a site would be tough to find and that he thought costs would exceed $500,000 for taxpayers.

“I believe that public shooting ranges should be financed by private business, not Buncombe County taxpayers,” he said.

The problem with a range as a private business is zoning. I fully expect the Buncombe County Commissioners to react similarly to the Haywood County Commissioners and put too many restrictions on new private ranges that they would not put on their own range.

GRNC On Anti-Gun Bills Looming

Grass Roots North Carolina sent out this alert yesterday. It is asking that people contact their Federal representatives to oppose any of these measures.

I agree with GRNC that it is disappointing that NC Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper (D-NC) is calling for the no-fly list gun ban. You would think that after 16 years as the state’s attorney general he would have at least a little appreciation for due process. However, he must feel that it is politically expedient to ignore constitutional rights.


The Battle is Not Over! Weak politicians continue to teeter on your gun rights. . .
Even after a massive outcry from law-abiding Americans demanding that Congress respect their rights, and instead take effective steps to stop terrorism, many US Congressmen and Senators appear ready to cave to dangerous political correctness. Many politicians continue to indicate that they might support new legislation, or a return to failed legislation, such as the prior Clinton assault weapons ban laws.  Those laws were repealed because they did nothing to reduce gun crime, and they infringed on the rights of the citizenry.
U.S. Legislators Cannot be Trusted

Senators Schumer, Feinstein and other anti-gun elected officials will still be pushing anti-gun bills and amendments this coming week in the U.S. Congress!  

Roy Cooper Joins the Gun Control Frenzy

If there has ever been a time when Americans need to be prepared to protect themselves and their families from the unexpected and unthinkable, this is the time! 

Yet, even after the horrific event in Orlando, there’s now talk of a “No Buy List” and Trump and GOP Lawmakers in Washington are opening the door to restricting gun buys for those on a watch list. The problem is that you can be put on the Watch List without ever knowing it and once you’re on there you’ll find it almost impossible to get off the list.Mitch McConnell is opening the door to this as well. He’s announced that the GOP is “open to keeping guns from terrorists” but we have to be careful that sloppy legislation rushed through to appease the anti gun nuts doesn’t restrict the rights of law abiding gun owners. Appeasing noisy protesting anti gun nuts will do nothing to make us safer. 


  • EMAIL YOUR SENATORS AND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE Use the links below, which will connect you to their contact web forms. You can use the copy/paste message under ‘Deliver This Message.’
  • Please contact other gun owners to tell them this threat is real, and ask them to take action as well.

U.S. Senate
Senator Richard Burr (R- NC)
Senator Thom Tillis (R- NC)
U.S. House of Representatives
Representative G. K. Butterfield, Jr. (D – 01)
Representative Renee L. Ellmers (R – 02)
Representative Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R – 03)
Representative David Price (D – 04)
Representative Virginia Foxx (R – 05)
Representative Mark Walker (R – 06)
Representative David Rouzer (R – 07)
Representative Richard Hudson (R – 08)
Representative Robert Pittenger (R – 09)
Representative Patrick McHenry (R – 10)
Representative Mark Meadows (R – 11)
Representative Alma Adams (D – 12)
Representative George Holding (R – 13)


Suggested Subject: “ No Gun Control for Law-abiding Voters in Wake of Terrorist Attack!” 

Dear (Congressman or Senator):

Many members of the House and the Senate are weakening their previously stated strong promises to gun owners that they will not sponsor or vote for any legislation that would weaken the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. I’m writing you to insist that you not co-sponsor or vote for any knee jerk legislation that is now being suggested in the wake of the Orlando tragedy.

Blaming law-abiding gun owners is wrong. Instead of fixing blame I want you to fix the problem and make Obama answer for his complete failure in the war on terror. The introduction of any legislation to restrict our 2nd Amendment Rights is a depraved attempt to politicize a tragedy that will result in destroying our freedom.

I will be monitoring your actions on this topic through legislative alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.


The Hobbyist Exemption?

I just learned of an exemption to the NICS check when purchasing a firearm from a FFL. This is over and above the exemption for those that have CCWs from states where it is recognized as a substitute background check.

It is called the “hobbyist” exemption and I learned about it from a Demanding Mommy from Texas with whom I have been going back and forth with on Twitter.

This was in response to a tweet that noted a background check is required when purchasing a firearm from a Federal firearms licensee. “Tricia” said earlier you could buy an AR-15 without a background check in Texas because the state didn’t require it.

This shows just how little our opponents know about Federal firearms law and what is required.

A Friendly Reminder To Take Action

Just in case you haven’t already called or emailed or faxed your Senators and Congressman/woman, here is a reminder. I don’t care if you live in San Francisco and you have Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as your representative, do it anyway. Get it on record so she can’t say she didn’t hear from you.

NRA has learned that Senators Schumer, Feinstein and other anti-gun
elected officials are going to offer several anti-gun bills and
amendments next week in the U.S. Congress!
measures are wide-ranging and include an attempt to reinstate the
failed federal ban on semi-automatic firearms, commonly referred to as
the “assault weapons ban.”

It doesn’t matter that the Clinton gun ban did nothing to reduce crime.
This is about YOUR freedoms and YOUR Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

But it doesn’t stop there. In fact, one amendment will attempt to strip
the Second Amendment Rights from those on secret government lists while
another could lead to federal registration of all gun owners.

They’re also planning to push for increased federal funding of anti-gun research.

We must defeat every one of these anti-gun proposals.

What’s obvious is that many who want to destroy our firearm freedoms are
using the terrorist attack in Orlando to push their anti-gun agenda.

They’d rather blame you as a law-abiding gun owner than make Obama answer for his failures in the global war on terror.

We can’t let them succeed in this depraved attempt to politicize a tragedy so they can destroy our freedoms.

Please contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators immediately
and let them know you oppose any new gun control measures. You can call
your lawmakers at 202-225-3121 or click the “Take Action” button below.

Be sure to share this message with your fellow NRA members and gun
owners and let them know this threat is real. Your action is needed now.

Julie Nails It

Libertarian comedienne Julie Borowski with her squeaky little voice and innocent, confused looks nails it in this video. This is especially true given the statement from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) that “due process is what’s killing us right now”.

Due process is and will remain important so long as we as a country remain faithful to the Constitution. Once due process goes we might just as well have just remained colonies under the British Crown.

Toomey Really Doesn’t Want To Be Re-elected

As Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned has pointed out over numerous posts, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is in very tough re-election fight. Moreover, as Sebastian has also pointed out, Toomey just seems to want to lose the votes of the one group that would make the difference in his election – gun owners.

He’s at it again. In today’s Wall Street Journal there was a discussion of the anti-due process filibuster being waged by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) in an effort to get anyone and everyone in the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database and other assorted “terrorist watchlists” on the NICS denied list. What caught my eye was this little tidbit.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) and Mr. Toomey introduced again on Wednesday their legislation that would expand background checks to all sales at gun shows and online, with the goal of flagging people with criminal or mental-health histories that disqualify them from gun ownership. Currently, the checks are needed only for sales by federally licensed dealers. The bill stalled in the Senate in April 2013.

Like a zombie, Manchin-Toomey lives again!

I don’t have the bill number as it is so new that the Library of Congress and GPO don’t show it on their databases.