Omnibus Gun Bill Finally Moving In NC General Assembly

HB 746 is finally moving forward in the North Carolina House of Representatives. This bill, the Omnibus Gun Changes, favorably passed out of the House Judiciary IV Committee yesterday. It will now go to the House Finance Committee for review. The most important feature of this bill is that it provides for constitutional carry or permitless carry of concealed handguns. Open carry without a permit has been the law in North Carolina since 1922 thanks to the NC Supreme Court’s ruling in State v. Kerner.

Grass Roots North Carolina has issued an alert thanking those on the House Judiciary IV Committee who voted in favor of sending this bill forward. They also note that Rep. Sam Watford (R-Davidson) has said he has plans to introduce weakening provisions to this bill even though constitutional carry is part of the 2016 NC Republican Platform.

From GRNC:


Good news! Today, freedom lovers scored a big victory in the
House Judiciary IV Committee …

Your efforts are paying off! Due to the hard
work of gun rights supporters like you over the last several weeks, the
omnibus gun bill, which includes constitutional carry, has cleared its
first major hurdle. It is exciting to report that this evening, the
House Judicial IV Committee voted 9 to 6 to move the bill to the next step, and all weakening amendments were defeated
. Kudos to the
Critical Nine!’

Thanks to Sponsors &
Outspoken Supporters

Many, many thanks to the bill’s
courageous sponsors and other representatives who actively supported this bill. The sponsors are: Rep. Jay Adams, Rep. Beverly Boswell, Rep. Chris Millis, Rep. Larry Pittman, and Rep. Michael Speciale. We can also thank Rep. George Cleveland and Rep. Bert Jones for their outspoken support during
the committee meeting. Well done, all!

A Couple More Hurdles

On Thursday (6/1), the bill will be
shuttled to the Finance Committee. Once it’s through Finance, it’s off
the House floor. It’s possible that this important bill could land on
the House floor for a vote as early as Thursday afternoon, so kindly
follow up with the ‘Immediate Action’ below as soon as possible. 

One Republican Plans Unforced

The hurdles mentioned above may be set relatively low, as
long as Republicans live up to their party’s platform, which has a very
strong stance on gun rights, and specifically supports constitutional
carry. Unfortunately, there is one hurdle that may come in the form of
an “unforced error” by one or more Republicans. It sounds
as though, in defiance of Republican and Second Amendment principles, Rep. Sam Watford (Davidson County)
is planning to offer weakening amendments in an attempt to water down this omnibus bill.

no mistake, GRNC will oppose ANY weakening amendments to this gun bill
whether they come from Rep. Watford, or anyone else. We will
oppose these amendments, insist that other House members vote against
them, and we’ll be keeping tabs on who does what. In fact, we
encourage you to phone Rep. Watford right now
, and politely insist that he not propose anything that would weaken the right of the people to
keep and bear arms. His legislative office phone number is 919-715-2526. You can politely remind him of the strong, pro-gun stance
taken in the 2016 Republican Platform.

The Next Step

The victory
committee is great news, but we need to keep reminding legislators that
voters are serious about their right to keep and bear arms. Let’s keep
the pressure on, and make sure everyone in Raleigh knows what the people
expect. Below, see how you can easily email House Republicans to do
that. Before you know it we’ll have constitutional carry here in North


    :  Use the
    copy/paste email list(s) below, and the copy/paste text under ‘Deliver This Message.’

  • PHONE REP. SAM WATFORD: Politely tell him that gun voters
    are watching and we will not accept weakening amendments to the omnibus
    bill. Remind him of the very strong, pro-gun stance spelled out in the
    2016 Republican Platform, and ask him to live up to that platform. His
    legislative office number is: 919-715-2526.

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Suggested Subject:

Vote ‘YES’ on Omnibus Gun Bill without Weakening”  

Dear Representative:

I understand
that the omnibus gun bill has cleared the House Judicial IV committee
(J4), and
is on its way to the Finance Committee. I also understand the bill
passed though J4 without any weakening amendments. This is fantastic
news! A big
‘thank you’ to the sponsors of this bill and to others who actively
supported it.

am writing today
to ask you to vote ‘Yes’ on this bill if you happen to be on the Finance
Committee, to vote ‘Yes’ on this bill on the House
floor, and to vote ‘No’ on any weakening amendments. The right to keep
and bear arms is a fundamental human right, and North Carolinians
are finally making headway in rolling back the oppressive erosion of
this right that has taken place in recent decades. Let’s keep that
trend going!

On that same note, I would
also remind you that strong support for “constitutional carry” is an
explicit part of the Republican Party’s 2016 platform (see page 12),
just as gun rights in general are. With this fact at the forefront, I
see no reason for any Republican to shy away from supporting this
gun-rights legislation. In fact, among other things, pro-Second
Amendment policy is
precisely what voters had in mind when they chose you as their

For reasons that are quite clear,
voters expect you to support this bill in committee, on the House floor, and without weakening amendments. Please do so.

I’ll be eagerly awaiting more news on this topic from Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.


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