Sheriff Gerald Baker Allowed To Slow Walk Permits

Wake County Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins has denied Grass Roots North Carolina’s lawsuit motion for temporary restraining order against Wake Sheriff Gerald Baker over dragging his feet on the processing of pistol purchase and concealed handgun permits. The law states that the sheriff must issue pistol purchase permits within 14 days but Baker’s office has been taking much longer.

From CBS17 in Raleigh:

Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins wrote that the sheriff’s office continues to insure that permits are properly processed to prevent convicted felons and other non-qualified persons from obtaining handguns, while also complying with Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive orders concerning the pandemic, a release from the sheriff’s office said.

The court also said that the manner in which the sheriff’s office processes applications for the permits was not unreasonable.

“I’m very pleased with ruling rendered by Judge Collins,” Baker said in the release. “As I’ve stated before, I will continue to ensure and protect the Second Amendment rights of all qualified citizens, while continuing to protect the safety and welfare of my staff, Wake County citizens and the jail residents housed in the Wake County Public Safety Center, during this pandemic.”

If this judge rings a bell in your memory, it is because he is the same judge who tried to strike down voter-passed amendments to the North Carolina constitution that mandated voter-ID and capped the income tax. Collins argument was that both constitutional amendments were invalid because the General Assembly was gerrymandered. Interestingly, he did not declare that every other law passed by the General Assembly was similarly invalid.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned this ruling in September. That decision concluded:

We conclude that the superior court erred in holding that our General
Assembly lost its power granted by our state constitution, while retaining other powers, simply because a federal court had determined that the maps contained too many majority-minority districts, such that some members elected to that body were from districts that were illegally gerrymandered based on race. It is simply beyond our power to thwart the otherwise lawful exercise of constitutional power by our legislative branch to pass bills proposing amendments. Accordingly, we reverse the order of the superior court and declare the challenged constitutional amendments duly ratified by the people to be valid.

One other note here – Judge Bryan Collins is the husband of NC Appeals Court Judge Allegra Collins who was elected in 2018. I would presume the judicial ethics would force her to recuse herself from any case decided by her husband.

More on the Baker case here.

Are You Registered To Vote?

If you are a gun owner and are not registered to vote, why the hell not? The rest of us can only do so much to preserve your rights while you freeload.

I can’t speak for other states but tomorrow is the last regular day to register to vote in North Carolina. You can also do it in person if you early vote. If you live here and aren’t registered to vote, do it! It is so damn easy to register now that not being registered to vote is downright pathetic. Unlike when I marched myself down to the Guilford County Courthouse on my 18th birthday in 1975, you can do it online at the DMV!

If you think you are registered but aren’t sure, you can check it here.

Now if you are trying to figure out who is pro-gun and who is anti-gun, Grass Roots North Carolina – Political Victory Fund can help. To save you the hassle of actually following a link and looking it up, every one of their recommendations is below. GRNC-PVF makes recommendations and not endorsements.

They didn’t make a recommendation in Commissioner of Agriculture race so I’ll do it – Steve Troxler (R-NC) is the incumbent and is running against Jenna Wadsworth (D-NC). Wadsworth, you may remember, posted a TikTok where she smirked about President Trump contracting COVID-19. She took it down but it went viral anyway. I believe she passed it off as a spur of the moment thing but, as someone noted on Twitter, the lighting was perfect and she had her “warpaint” on.

GRNC-PVF Candidate Recommendations
IMPORTANT: Voter registration deadline is October 9Early voting opens on October 15
REGISTER TO VOTE:https://www.ncsbe.gov/registering/how-register CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION:https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/Note: There are numerous late surveys and corrected errors in this version, so please recheck any relevant GRNC-PVF candidate recommendations.The 2020 election is a referendum not only on the Second Amendment, but on diametrically opposed plans for the future of our Republic. Key to the outcome of that election is North Carolina, which is now regarded as a hotly contested “battleground state.” Translated, the future of our Republic is now in your hands. If you fail to vote; if you fail to bring like-minded people to the polls, control of the White House, Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly hangs in the balance.
Candidate recommendations versus evaluations: Below are recommendations for effective voting strategies by the Grass Roots North Carolina Political Victory Fund. Candidate recommendations, which are more limited than blanket “endorsements,” are not made in all races, only in races where a clear pro-gun candidate stands out or where strategic voting is necessary to keep anti-gun candidates out of office.
Recommendations differ from GRNC candidate evaluations. While the evaluations are intended to provide an objective measure of where candidates stand on Second Amendment issues, GRNC–PVF recommendations are analytical and therefore subject to interpretation. For a full explanation of GRNC’s objective star evaluations, go to: www.grnc.org/remember-in-november/grnc-candidate-evaluations-2020
Important note: Candidates who lack voting records or other history on Second Amendment issues and who fail to return GRNC’s candidate survey automatically receive a zero star evaluation (0) on the assumption that they are hiding their position from gun voters. Every election year, we receive complaints about ostensibly pro-gun candidates who receive zero star evaluations due to failure to return the survey. 
Each candidate gets TWO chances to complete the GRNC survey: prior to the Primary Election, each is mailed to the address he or she registered with the State Board of Elections directing them to mail, fax, email, or complete the survey online; prior to the General Election, each gets an additional postcard directing them to complete the survey online. If they fail to return the survey twice, we cannot help candidates who will not help themselves.
INTRODUCTION
This guide estimates where candidates stand on gun issues by comparing their views with those of a control group of gun owners. As noted below, a “4-STAR” candidate agrees with the control group on at least 90% of gun issues, a 3-STAR agrees on at least 80%, a 2-STAR on at least 70%, a 1-STAR on at least 60%, and a 0-STAR candidate agrees on less than 60% of gun issues.
Registering & Voting:
Option 1: Register in-person at your county Board of Elections office or mail registration forms to the office by October 9. Forms are available at Board of Elections offices, county libraries, county offices or online at http://www.ncsbe.gov/ by clicking on “Voter Registration,” then “Updating Voter Registration” and then using the link for “North Carolina Voter Registration Application.”
(If you miss the Oct 9 deadline, one-stop registration and voting is available until Oct. 31)Option 2: You may register at DMV offices or other state agencies which dispense benefits (e.g. DSS, WIC, ESC, etc).
Note: If you are a DMV customer with a NC driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, you may now register to vote or change certain parts of your registration online. Using this service existing DMV customers may register to vote, update their voter registration address, or update their party affiliation. For information: www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Registering-to-Vote 
Option 3: You may register and vote on the same day at your county’s one-stop voting locations between October 15 and October 31.
Getting Voter Information:
Under the “Web tools” icon on the NCSBE home page at http://www.ncsbe.gov/ you will find links to look up your voter registration, one-stop voting site, election day polling place and provisional ballot. For early voting hours in your county, you may call your Board of Elections.
Important Deadlines for General Election:
October 9: Deadline for voter registration is 5 PM. If you miss the registration deadline you may still register and vote at the same time during the one-stop early voting period – October 15-31.October 15: “One-stop” voting/registration begins.October 27: Applications for absentee ballots must be received by 5 PM, but election board recommends earlier.October 31: “One-stop” voting/registration ends.November 3: Election Day, polls open 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM. (If you are in line by 7:30 PM, you can vote.)Deadline for absentee ballots: Voted absentee ballots (placed inside the container-return envelope) must be returned to county board of elections no later than 5 PM on Election Day. Absentee ballots received after 5 PM on Election Day will be timely only if received by mail no later than 5 PM on the 3rd day following date of election and postmarked on or before Election Day. Envelope may be mailed or delivered in person to county board of elections office or an open early voting site during early voting period. Only voter or voter’s near relative may return absentee ballot to board of elections.
GRNC-PVF CANDIDATE RECOMMENDATIONSKey to listings: Included in listings below are scores on GRNC’s candidate survey, pro-gun voting percentage, and GRNC star evaluation (0-star, *, **, ***, or ****, depending on how closely a candidate can be expected to agree with a control group of conservative gun owners). “NR” means the candidate failed to return GRNC’s survey which, for candidates without voting records, gives the candidate a 0-star (0) evaluation. See GRNC “Remember in November” candidate evaluations for a complete explanation.
Important notes about candidate recommendations:
We cannot help candidates who will not help themselves: All candidates were mailed surveys to the address they registered with the State Board of Elections prior to the Primary Elections. Each who did not return the survey received a second mailing prior to the General Election. If the candidate refused to complete the survey both times and has no gun-related voting record, he or she received a GRNC 0-star evaluation and no GRNC-PVF candidate recommendation.Abbreviations: “NR” means “no response” to GRNC survey. “NV” is an incumbent who has not cast a gun vote.Races covered: With occasional exceptions, only contested races are covered. In districts where no clear gun rights supporter is running, no recommendation will be made.Interpreting a listing: Each listing contains the candidate’s GRNC star evaluation and the factor (e.g. votes, survey, etc.) which most closely represents the star evaluation. Occasionally, you will see voting records that don’t fully align with the star evaluation, possibly due to other metrics (e.g. bill sponsorship or recent deterioration in voting record). For a more complete analysis of a given candidate, see GRNC “Remember in November” candidate evaluations.GRNC-PVF recommendations are NOT “endorsements”: Recommendations are made SOLELY on Second Amendment stances. With rare exceptions, GRNC-PVF does NOT give blanket “endorsements” to candidates, nor do we study their stance on other issues.Errors: In covering 203 races and 409 candidates – including voting records, survey scores, bill sponsorship and leadership support – mistakes will occur. If you see an error, please report it to GRNC immediately.
FEDERAL RACES
U.S. PRESIDENT
GRNC-PVF recommends DONALD TRUMP (GRNC ***) for U.S. President. Under the Trump administration, the BATFE has rescinded restrictions on use of AR-15-type pistols, Trump added two conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. pulled small arms out of the potentially disastrous restrictions of ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations). Despite Trump making sympathetic remarks on “red flag” gun confiscation, he withdrew support for proposed legislation when gun rights supporters objected. Trump’s only disappointing action was to direct the BATFE to regulate “bump stocks” as restricted Title II firearms. By contrast, challenger Joe Biden (GRNC 0-star) has a long history of supporting gun control (despite his claims to the contrary), including voting for the 1994 “assault weapon” ban and recently saying he would delegate his gun policy to virulently anti-gun Beto (“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15”) O’Rourke. This race is critical for your Second Amendment rights, and any vote for a third party candidate is effectively a vote for Joe Biden. If you would like to see the full Biden/Harris gun control agenda, go to: https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/# . Although some may object that we didn’t recommend Libertarian Jo Jorgensen (survey 100%, ****), the reality is that Jorgensen has no chance of winning, and may siphon off votes from Trump, which only helps Biden.
U.S. SENATE
GRNC-PVF recommends Thom Tillis (GRNC ***) for U.S. Senate. So you hate Senator Thom Tillis? Stand in line. You probably don’t hate him as much as we do. But the upcoming Senate race isn’t about Thom Tillis; it is about potential left-wing control of the U.S. Senate which, right now, Las Vegas odds-makers are favoring Democrats to win. This is one of four pivotal races for control of the U.S. Senate. If we lose the Senate, rabidly anti-gun Sen. Chuck Schumer will be Senate Majority Leader, and the filibuster (which has been used to kill numerous gun control proposals) will end, ensuring leftist control of the chamber. Democrat challenger Cal Cunningham (GRNC 0-star) studiously avoided putting himself on record on gun issues while in the NC Senate, has repeatedly refused GRNC’s candidate survey, and is no friend of gun owners. Again, a protest vote against Tillis (however much he deserves it) will only serve to give Schumer and the Democrats an opportunity to end private gun ownership as we know it.
U.S. HOUSE
District 1: With only a 25% pro-gun voting record, incumbent Democrat GK Butterfield is a consistent opponent of gun rights, earning only GRNC’s lowest 0-star evaluation. Republican challenger Sandy Smith returned GRNC’s candidate survey with a perfect 100%, earning GRNC’s highest 4-star (****) evaluation. GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger SANDY SMITH.
District 2: The redrawing of this district was forced by leftist-initiated legislation and now unfortunately favors perennially anti-gun Democrat Deborah Ross (GRNC 0-star), who consistently opposed gun ownership while in the NC House. Unfortunately, neither Libertarian Jeff Matemu or Republican Alan Swain returned GRNC’s survey, giving them 0-star evaluations as well. There are no good options in this district, but GRNC-PVF recommends you vote for anybody BUT Deborah Ross. If it’s any help, Swain has on his website, “Alan proudly supports our Second Amendment. In Washington, Alan will fight to insure that the Constitutional rights of our citizens to bear arms are never infringed upon.”
District 3: In this race, incumbent Republican Greg Murphy (GRNC ****) garnered a respectable 88% pro-gun voting record while in the NC House. By contrast, Democrat Daryl Farrow refused to answer GRNC’s survey, indicating he doesn’t want you to know where he stands on guns and earning only GRNC’s lowest 0-star (0) evaluation. GRNC-PVF recommends GREG MURPHY.
District 4: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger ROBERT THOMAS (survey: 98%, GRNC ****) over virulently anti-gun incumbent Democrat David Price (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 5: Incumbent Republican Virginia Foxx scored 100% on GRNC’s candidate survey and garnered an overall 96% pro-gun voting record earning a GRNC 3-star (***) evaluation. Democrat challenger David Brown refused to return GRNC’s survey, indicating he doesn’t want you to know where he stands on guns and earning only GRNC’s lowest 0-star (0) evaluation. GRNC–PVF recommends VIRGINIA FOXX.
District 6: In a race for an open seat creating by forced redistricting, Republican Lee Haywood scored 95% on GRNC’s candidate survey, earning GRNC’s highest 4-star (****) evaluation while Democrat Kathy Manning refused to return GRNC’s survey, indicating she doesn’t want you to know where she stands on guns and earning only GRNC’s lowest 0-star (0) evaluation. GRNC–PVF recommends LEE HAYWOOD.
District 7: Incumbent Republican David Rouzer continues his 100% pro-gun voting record (GRNC ***). By contrast, Democrat Kyle Horton and Constitution Party challenger Christopher Ward both failed to return GRNC’s survey, earning the lowest 0-star evaluation. GRNC-PVF recommends DAVID ROUZER.
District 8: With a 100% survey score and 100% bill sponsorship (for national concealed handgun reciprocity), incumbent Republican Richard Hudson earned a GRNC 3-star evaluation (***). Challenging Democrat Patricia Timmons-Goodson refused to return GRNC’s survey, indicating she doesn’t want you to know where she stands on guns and earning only GRNC’s lowest 0-star (0) evaluation. GRNC–PVF recommends RICHARD HUDSON.
District 9: Incumbent Republican Congressman Dan Bishop (100% pro-gun voting record, GRNC ****) won his seat in a special election just last year and needs our help. Challenging Democrat Cynthia Wallace refused to return GRNC’s candidate survey, indicating she doesn’t want you to know where she stands on guns and earning only GRNC’s lowest 0-star (0) evaluation. GRNC-PVF recommends DAN BISHOP.
District 10: Incumbent Republican Patrick McHenry (93% pro-gun voting record, GRNC ***) has long supported gun rights. Challenging Democrat David Parker refused to return GRNC’s survey, indicating he doesn’t want you to know where he stands on guns and earning only GRNC’s lowest 0-star (0) evaluation. GRNC–PVF recommends PATRICK McHENRY.
District 11: In this open seat, left vacant when incumbent Mark Meadows became Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Republican Madison Cawthorn (GRNC survey 100%, ****) has distinguished himself as a conservative and gun rights supporter. Challenging Democrat Moe Davis refused to return GRNC’s survey, indicating he doesn’t want you to know where he stands on guns and earning only GRNC’s lowest 0-star (0) evaluation, while Libertarian Tracey DeBruhl  scored only 74%, earning only two stars (**). GRNC–PVF recommends MADISON CAWTHORN.
District 13: As not only a congressman but also a gun shop owner, incumbent Republican Ted Budd is a gun rights stalwart whose 100% survey and  100% pro-gun voting record has earned GRNC’s highest 4-star (****) evaluation. But that means he is being targeted by national leftists. Challenging Democrat Scott Huffman refused to return GRNC’s survey, indicating he doesn’t want you to know where he stands on guns and earning only GRNC’s lowest 0-star (0) evaluation. GRNC-PVF strongly recommends TED BUDD. 
N.C. STATE  RACES
JUDICIAL RACES
GRNC-PVF recommends you vote for all of the following:
NC Supreme Court Chief Justice: PAUL NEWBY (R)NC Supreme Court Associate Justice (Seat 2 — Newby seat): PHIL BERGER JR. (R)NC Supreme Court Associate Justice (Seat 4 — Davis seat): TAMARA P. BARRINGER (R)Court of Appeals (Seat 4): APRIL C. WOOD (R)Court of Appeals (Seat 5): FRED GORE (R)Court of Appeals (Seat 6): CHRIS DILLON (R)Court of Appeals (Seat 7): JEFF CARPENTER (R)Court of Appeals (Seat 13): JEFFERSON GRIFFIN (R)
N.C. GOVERNOR
GRNC-PVF strongly recommends Republican challenger DAN FOREST (survey: 96%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun Democrat incumbent Roy Cooper (voting rate: 58%, GRNC 0-star). Over decades, Cooper has been a consistent enemy of gun rights, most recently vetoing HB 652, which would have expanded concealed carry into churches co-located with educational property. By contrast, Forest has consistently stood tall for the Second Amendment. Any vote for a third party candidate in this race should effectively be considered a vote for Cooper and against gun rights.
N.C. LT. GOVERNOR
GRNC-PVF strongly recommends Republican MARK ROBINSON (survey 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley (NC House voting record: 7%, GRNC 0-star). After Robinson’s impassioned speech against gun control to the Greensboro City Council went viral, GRNC awarded him an Honorary Life Membership. He currently serves as on the board of directors for the NRA and has made gun rights and freedom the centerpiece of his campaign.
N.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL
GRNC-PVF recommends Republican JIM O’NEILL (survey 92%, GRNC ****) over Democrat incumbent Josh Stein (NC Senate voting record: 38%, GRNC 0-star). Like Cooper, Stein has been a consistent enemy of the Second Amendment and must be removed.N.C. Secretary of StateGRNC-PVF recommends Republican E.C. SYKES (survey: 91%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat Elaine Marshall (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).N.C. TREASURER
GRNC-PVF recommends incumbent Republican DALE FOLWELL (NC House voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat Ronnie Chatterji (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
N.C. SENATE
District 1: GRNC-PVF recommends incumbent Republican BOB STEINBERG (survey: 93%, voting record: 84%, GRNC ***) over Democrat challenger Tess Judge (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 2: GRNC-PVF recommends incumbent Republican NORMAN SANDERSON (100% voting record, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Libbie Griffin (survey: NR, 0-star) and Libertarian challenger Tim Harris (survey: 89%, ***).
District 4: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger SAMMY DAVIS WEBB (survey: 94%, GRNC ****) over Democrat incumbent Milton (Toby) Fitch (voting record: 9%, GRNC 0-star).
District 7: GRNC-PVF recommends incumbent Republican JIM PERRY (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Donna Lake (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 8: GRNC-PVF recommends incumbent Republican BILL RABON (vote: 100%, ***) over challengers Democrat David Sink (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Anthony Mascolo (Survey 97: ****).
District 9: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican MICHAEL LEE (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat Harper Peterson (0-star).
District 10: GRNC-PVF recommends incumbent Republican BRENT JACKSON (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Vernon Moore (survey: 36, GRNC 0-star).
District 11: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican LISA STONE BARNES (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Allen Wellons (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 12: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JIM BURGIN (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger John Kirkman (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 13: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican DAN BRITT (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Barbara Yates-Lockamy (survey: NR, GRNC 0).
District 15: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger MARIO LOMUSCIO (survey: 98%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun Democrat incumbent Jay Chaudhuri (GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Kat McDonald (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 17: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger MARK CAVALIERO (survey: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat incumbent Sam Searcy (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Travis Groo (survey: 93%, ****).
District 18: In this open seat, GRNC-PVF recommends Republican LARRY NORMAN (survey: 100%, GRNC ****) over challengers Democrat Sarah Crawford (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Jason Loeback (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 19: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican former state senator WESLEY MEREDITH (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat Kirk DeViere (GRNC 0-star).
District 21: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger SEV PALACIOS (survey: 94%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun Democrat incumbent Ben Clark (voting record: 20%, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Ray Ubinger (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 22: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger RICK PADGETT (survey: 96%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun Democrat incumbent Mike Woodard (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 23: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger TOM GLENDINNING (survey: 97%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun Democrat incumbent Valerie Foushee (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 24: For this open seat, GRNC–PVF recommends Republican AMY GALEY (survey: 89%, GRNC ***) over Democrat JD Wooten (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 25: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican incumbent TOM McINNIS (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Helen Probst Mills (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 29: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican STEVE JARVIS (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Duskin Lassiter (survey: 67%, GRNC *).
District 30: PVF recommends incumbent Republican PHIL BERGER (voting record: 100%, GRNC ***) over Democrat challenger Wally White (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 31: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JOYCE KRAWIEC (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Terri Elizabeth LeGrand (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 32: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger VENK CHALLA (survey: 99%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat Paul Lowe, Jr. (voting record: 50%, GRNC 0-star). 
District 33: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican CARL FORD over Democrat challenger Tarsha Ellis (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 34: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican VICKIE SAWYER (voting record: 100%,  GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Barry Templeton (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 35: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican TODD JOHNSON (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Jose Santiago (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 36: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican PAUL R. NEWTON (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Marcus Singleton (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 41: GRNC–PVF recommends Constitution Party challenger CHRIS COLE (survey: 98%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Natasha Marcus (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star). In 2018, Marcus made support for gun control the centerpiece of her campaign.
District 43: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican KATHY HARRINGTON (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger William Young (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 44: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican TED ALEXANDER (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger David Lee Lattimore (survey: 58%, GRNC 0-star).
District 45: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican DEANNA BALLARD (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Jeanne Supin (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 46: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican WARREN DANIEL (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****), who has been a leader for your rights in the Senate, over Democrat challenger Michael Barrick (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 47: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican RALPH HISE (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat David Wheeler (survey: 42%, GRNC 0-star).
District 48: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican CHUCK EDWARDS (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Brian Caskey (survey: 35%, GRNC 0-star).
District 49: For this open seat, GRNC–PVF recommends Republican BOB PENLAND (survey: 97%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Julie Mayfield (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 50: For this open seat, GRNC–PVF recommends Republican KEVIN CORBIN (NC House voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat Victoria Fox (survey: 72%, GRNC **).
N.C. HOUSE
District 1: For this open seat, GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican ED GOODWIN (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Emily Bunch Nicholson (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star). 
District 2: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican LARRY YARBOROUGH (voting record: 85%, GRNC ***) over Democrat Cindy Deporter (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 3: For this open seat, GRNC-PVF recommends Republican STEVE TYSON (survey: 82%, GRNC ***) over Democrat Dorothea D. White (survey: 67%, GRNC *).
District 4: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JIMMY DIXON (voting record: 96%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Christopher Schulte (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 5: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger DONALD KIRKLAND (survey: 88%, GRNC ***) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Howard Hunter (voting record: 11%, GRNC 0-star).
District 6: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican BOBBY HANIG (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Tommy Fulcher (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 7: For this open seat, GRNC-PVF recommends Republican MATTHEW WINSLOW (survey: 95%, GRNC ****) over Democrat Phil Stover (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 8: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger TONY MOORE (survey: 90%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat Kandie Smith (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star). Smith also signed a national leftist petition to defund police.
District 9: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican PERRIN JONES (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Brian Farkas (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 10: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JOHN BELL (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Carl Martin (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 12: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican CHRIS HUMPHREY (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Virginia Cox-Daugherty (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 13: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican PATRICIA (PAT) MCELRAFT (voting record: 92%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Buck Bayliff (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 14: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican GEORGE CLEVELAND (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Marcy Wofford (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star). Cleveland is a gun rights stalwart and one of few legislators in the NC House with a perfect 100% on all gun rights measures.
District 15: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican PHILLIP SHEPARD (voting record: 95%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Carolyn Gomaa (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 16: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican CARSON SMITH (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Debbi Fintak (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 17:  GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican FRANK ILER (voting record: 85%, GRNC ***) over Democrat challenger Tom Simmons (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 18: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger WARREN KENNEDY (survey: 95%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun Democrat incumbent Deb Butler (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 23: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger CLAIBORNE HOLTZMAN (survey: 82%, GRNC ***) over anti-gun Democrat incumbent Shelly Willingham (voting record: 11%, GRNC 0-star) and Green Party challenger Abbie (Bud) Lane (survey: 84%, GRNC ***).
District 24: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger MICK RANKIN (survey: 94%, GRNC ****) over Democrat incumbent Linda Cooper-Suggs (voting record: NV%, survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 25: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger JOHN CHECK (survey: 97%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat James Gailliard (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Nick Taylor (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 26: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican DONNA WHITE (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Linda Bennett (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).District 27: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger WARREN SCOTT NAIL (survey: 93%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Michael Wray (voting record: 33%, GRNC 0-star).
District 28: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican LARRY STRICKLAND (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Corey Stephens (survey: 35%, GRNC 0-star).
District 30: GRNC-PVF recommends Libertarian challenger GAVIN BELL (survey: 100%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Marcia Morey (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star). Morey is the one of the main architects anti-gun legislation in the NC House.
District 31: GRNC-PVF recommends Libertarian challenger SEAN HAUGH (survey: 96%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat Zack Hawkins (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 32: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger DAVID WOODSON (survey: 82%, GRNC ***) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Terry Garrison (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 35: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger FRED VON CANON (survey: 92%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat Terence Everitt (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Michael Nelson (survey: 100%, GRNC ****).
District 37: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger ERIN PARE (survey: 100%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat Sidney Batch (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Liam Leaver (survey: 96%, GRNC ****). Batch also signed the national leftist petition to defund police.
District 38: For this open seat, GRNC-PVF recommends Republican KEN BAGNAL (survey: 82%, GRNC ***) over Democrat Abe Jones (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Richard Haygood (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 40: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger GERARD FALZON (survey: 81%, GRNC ***) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Joe John (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 41: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger SCOTT POPULORUM (survey: 92%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Gale Adcock (voting record: 11%, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian candidate Guy Meilleur (survey: NR, 0-star).
District 43: For this open seat, GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger DIANE WHEATLEY (survey: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat Kimberly Hardy (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 44: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger HEATHER HOLMES (survey: 100%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Billy Richardson (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 45: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JOHN SZOKA (voting record: 91%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Frances Vinell Jackson (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 46: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican BRENDEN JONES (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Tim Heath (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 48: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger JOHNNY BOYLES (survey: 91%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Garland Pierce (voting record: 15%, GRNC 0-star).
District 49: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger DAVID ROBERTSON (survey: 92%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Cynthia Ball (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star) and Libertarian Cap Hayes (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 51: GRNC-PVF recommends incumbent Republican JOHN SAULS (voting record: 86%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Jason Cain (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 52: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JAMIE BOLES (voting record: 95%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Lowell Simon (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 54: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger GEORGE GILSON, JR. (survey: 100%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Robert Reives, II (voting record: 11%, GRNC 0-star).
District 55: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican MARK BRODY (voting record: 98%,  GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Gloria Harrington Overcash (survey: 88%, GRNC ***).
District 57: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger CHRIS MEADOWS (survey: 87%, GRNC ***) over incumbent Democrat Ashton Clemmons (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 59: GRNC-PVF recommends incumbent Republican JON HARDISTER (voting record: 98%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Nicole Quick (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 60: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger FRANK RAGSDALE (survey: 84%, GRNC ***) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Cecil Brockman (voting record: 7%, GRNC 0-star).
District 63: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican STEPHEN ROSS (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Ricky Hurtado (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 65: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JERRY CARTER (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Amanda Joann Bell (survey: 52%, GRNC 0-star).
District 66: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger BEN MOSS (survey: 95%, GRNC ****) over incumbent Democrat Scott Brewer (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****). Although Brewer’s voting record might make him appear pro-gun, in truth the only bill he voted on, HB 652, was destined to fail due to a veto by Gov. Roy Cooper. Several Democrats in marginal districts undoubtedly got a “pass” from Democrat leadership to vote for a bill they knew would fail.
District 69: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican DEAN ARP (voting record: 95%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Pam De Maria (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 70: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican PAT HURLEY (voting record: 94%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Susan Lee (Susie) Scott (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 73: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican LEE ZACHARY (voting record: 85%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger William Stinson (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 74: For this open seat, GRNC–PVF recommends Republican JEFF ZENGER (survey: 96%, GRNC ****) over Democrat Dan BesseLeGrand (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 76: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican HARRY WARREN (voting record: 91%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Al Heggins (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 78: GRNC–PVF reluctantly recommends incumbent Republican ALLEN RAY MCNEILL (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Jim Meredith (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star). We say “reluctantly” because despite voting right, McNeill has been the semi-official mouthpiece for the NC Sheriffs Association, for whom he has repeatedly weakened pro-gun legislation.
District 79: GRNC–PVF strongly recommends incumbent Republican KEITH KIDWELL (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat Nick Blount (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star). Even as a freshman, Kidwell has stood tall in defending the Second Amendment.
District 81: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican LARRY POTTS (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Robert Lewis Jordan (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 82: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican KRISTIN BAKER (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Aimy Steele (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 83: GRNC–PVF strongly recommends incumbent Republican LARRY PITTMAN (voting record: 95%, GRNC ****), who frequently sponsors pro-gun legislation and is a leader for your rights, over Democrat challenger Gail Young (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 84: GRNC–PVF strongly recommends incumbent Republican JEFFREY C. MCNEELY (voting record: 100%, GRNC ***) over Democrat challenger Gayle Wesley Harris (survey: NR, 0-star). Appointed mid-term, McNeely has quickly become a vocal advocate for the Second Amendment.
District 86: With reservations due to recent decline in voting record, GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican HUGH BLACKWELL (voting record: 74%, GRNC ***) over Democrat challenger Cecelia Surratt (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 87: GRNC–PVF strongly recommends incumbent Republican DESTIN HALL (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Corie Schreiber (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star). Hall is a consistent Second Amendment supporter who occasionally leads on gun issues.
District 88: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger DAVID TONDREAU (survey: 81%, GRNC ***) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Mary G. Belk (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 89: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican MITCH SETZER (voting record: 98%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Greg Cranford (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 90: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican SARAH STEVENS (voting record: 93%, GRNC ***) over Democrat challenger Beth Shaw (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 91: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican KYLE HALL (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Rita Cruise (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 93: GRNC-PVF recommends Republican challenger RAY PICKETT (survey: 88%, GRNC ***) over incumbent Democrat Ray Russell (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****). Although Russell’s voting record might make him appear pro-gun, in truth the only bill he voted on, HB 652, was destined to fail due to a veto by Gov. Roy Cooper. Several Democrats in marginal districts undoubtedly got a “pass” from Democrat leadership to vote for a bill they knew would fail. Moreover, Russell told GRNC representatives, in person (and with considerable hostility), that he voted for the bill only because it contained an unrelated measure for EMTs. Ironically, while claiming to support first responders, Russell also signed the leftist national petition to defund police.
District 96: GRNC–PVF strongly recommends incumbent Republican JAY ADAMS (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Kim Bost (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star). Adams is a longtime gun rights supporter who routinely sponsors pro-gun legislation. Bost is a leftist who touts gun control in her platform, including mandatory gun registration.
District 97: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JASON SAINE (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Greg McBryde (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 98: GRNC-PVF strongly recommends challenger John R. Bradford III (voting record: 96%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Christy Clark (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star). Bradford is a pro-gun Republican running to regain the seat he lost to Clark in 2018. Clark is a Michael Bloomberg “Mom’s Demand Action” gun control activist who has sponsored numerous anti-gun bills in the NC House. She needs to be removed ASAP. To understand Clark’s ideology, understand that not only does she support disarming you, she recently signed a national petition to defund police.
District 99: GRNC-PVF recommends challenger RUSSELL ROWE (survey: 96%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Nasif Majeed (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 100: GRNC-PVF recommends challenger KALLE THOMPSON (survey: 96%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat John Autry (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 102: GRNC-PVF recommends challenger KYLE KIRBY (survey: 92%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Becky Carney (voting record: 12%, GRNC 0-star).
District 103: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger BILL BRAWLEY (voting record: 87%, GRNC ***) over Democrat incumbent Rachel Hunt (voting record: 0%, 0-star). Brawley is attempting to regain the seat he lost to Hunt in 2018. Hunt is a leftist who also signed the national petition to defund police.
District 104: GRNC–PVF strongly recommends Republican challenger DON POMEROY (survey: 100%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Brandon Lofton (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star). Pomeroy is a longtime gun rights supporter who will stand for the Second Amendment in the NC House.
District 105: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger AMY BYNUM (survey: 99%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Wesley Harris (voting record: 0%, GRNC 0-star).
District 107: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger RICHARD RIVETTE (survey: 99%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Kelly Alexander (voting record: 15%, GRNC 0-star).
District 108: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JOHN TORBETT (voting record: 98%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Daniel Caudill (survey: 52%, GRNC 0-star).
District 109: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican DANA BUMGARDNER (voting record: 98%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Susan Maxon (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 110: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican KELLY HASTINGS (voting record: 97%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Christy McCleary (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 111: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican TIM MOORE (voting record: 96%, GRNC ***) over Democrat challenger Jennifer Childers (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 112: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican DAVID ROGERS (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Ed Hallyburton (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 113: GRNC–PVF recommends incumbent Republican JAKE JOHNSON (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over Democrat challenger Sam Edney (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star).
District 115: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger MARK CRAWFORD (survey: 97%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat John Ager (voting record: 11%, GRNC 0-star).
District 116: GRNC–PVF recommends Republican challenger ERIC BURNS (survey: 95%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Democrat Brian Turner (voting record: 32%, GRNC 0-star).
District 117: For this open seat, GRNC–PVF recommends Republican TIM MOFFITT (voting record: 96%, GRNC ****) over Democrat Josh Remillard (survey: NR, GRNC 0-star). Moffit is a pro-gun legislator who previously served in the NC House.
District 119: GRNC-PVF recommends challenger MIKE CLAMPITT (voting record: 100%, GRNC ****) over anti-gun incumbent Joe Sam Queen (voting record: 29%, GRNC 0-star). Although Queen tried to disguise himself by voting for a pro-gun bill he knew would fail, he has repeatedly voted against gun rights, helped the state’s main gun control organization raise money to attack your rights, and recently signed the leftist national petition to defund police. In previous terms in the NC House, Clampitt garnered a 100% pro-gun voting record and will support your rights.IMPORTANT: Voter registration deadline is October 9Early voting opens on October 15This message, supporting the candidates listed above, is authorized and paid for solely by the Grass Roots North Carolina Political Victory Fund. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee. For more information, check www.GRNC.org

GRNC Demonstration In Raleigh Canceled Due To Fears Of Violence

Grass Roots North Carolina President Paul Valone sent out notice within the hour saying that the protest against Sheriff Baker for not doing the job for which he was elected is off. The GRNC office received tons of emails and calls from supporters saying since state law prevented them from being armed in the face of potential violence they just couldn’t be there.

The notice from Paul Valone:

Unfortunately, GRNC is cancelling the demonstration against Sheriff Gerald Baker over his refusal to comply with the law in issuing gun permits which was scheduled for September 26, and here is why.
     Our office has been receiving a regular string of emails and voice messages with variations of, “I’ve been a member and supporter of GRNC for years, but this demonstration is scheduled for a political environment in which crazies from the left are lobbing bricks and Molotov cocktails, and under North Carolina law, I’m not allowed to carry a firearm for self-protection at a demonstration.”
     To the thousands of GRNC members who have expressed those sentiments in either words or thoughts, I say: “I hear you.”
     It is a sad day when lawful citizens can’t peacefully assemble for a redress of political grievances without fear of radical Marxists attacking them for simply expressing their views, but unfortunately, that day is upon us.
GRNC will address your inability to protect yourself during a peaceful assembly in the next session of the legislation … if we win the election.
It is increasingly obvious that the only way out of this poisonous environment we face is a decisive victory in the 2020 elections – not just a victory, but an overwhelming victory.
Rigging the election
As I write this, Democrats are busy rigging the election, not just nationally, but right here in North Carolina.
Yesterday, the Democrat-dominated State Board of Elections decided to “help” all those poor voters who fail to properly complete or mail the absentee ballots Democrats insist they must use. In an election rife with voter fraud, this will be “hanging chads” times ten.
The point of all the mail-in ballot nonsense, of course, is to undermine the legitimacy of an election they expect Donald Trump and Republicans to win.
Why we must have overwhelming victory
By claiming a Trump victory “illegitimate” after a narrow win, leftists will look for any excuse to riot, burn and otherwise tear down our society in order to replace it with their “Great Socialist Utopia.”
A narrow victory will give Obama-appointed judges and “deep state” boards of elections an opportunity to manufacture enough “hanging chads” to declare victory.
And don’t forget that North Carolina is one of a handful of critical “battleground states.”
Decisive victory depends on YOU!
To win overwhelmingly, you must not only go to the polls, but also:

  • Check your voter registration to ensure it is updated and valid;

  • If you using an absentee ballot, check your ballot carefully and mail it early (rest assured you won’t get the same “help” Democrats will);
  • Distribute GRNC “Remember in November” voter guides to like-minded friends, family, acquaintances, and co-workers;

  • Bring like-minded voters to the polls; and finally

  • Help GRNC elect pro-gun candidates by contributing to the GRNC Political Victory Fund.

     As you know, GRNC is limited in using membership funds to impact elections. Accordingly, we created our federal PAC, GRNC-PVF, to elect candidates who will support your freedom.
Please contribute by going to: www.grnc.org/pvf
With your help, we will decisively win the 2020 elections, and by so doing defeat the radical left and  end the poisonous political environment they have created.  

Armatissimi e liberissimi,

 
F. Paul Valone
President, Grass Roots North Carolina
Executive Director, Rights Watch International

Tell Sheriff Baker To Do His Job

Do you live in the Piedmont of North Carolina? Or actually anywhere in NC? Are you sick of government officials blaming the pandemic for not doing their jobs? Do you have a few hours free on Saturday late morning? Looking for something to do?

Then Grass Roots North Carolina has just made your weekend!

There will be a peaceful demonstration in Raleigh on Saturday starting at 10am outside the Wake County Department of Public Safety.

The GRNC Alert below gives more details!

Demonstration is not just about Baker
You live in a world gone mad:

Cities refuse to protect you from violent mobs, as sheriffs like Gerald Baker refuse to grant you the permits you need to protect your family.

Schools radicalize your children, turning them against their own Republic.

And now Democrats threaten “Armageddon” if Trump and the Senate do their duty by appointing a Supreme Court Justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

It is time for you to make your voice heard!
If you are
“Mad As Hell And Not Going To Take It Anymore,” we have just the activity for you: GRNC’s demonstration against Sheriff Gerald Baker and his refusal to issue pistol purchase and concealed handgun permits to lawful citizens.

But this isn’t just about Baker: GRNC plans to demonstrate to sheriffs and legislators across the state that we are “mad as hell” about both the widespread inability of citizens to obtain guns to protect their families and the collusion of leftist media and leftist politicians to undermine our rights … permanently, if they win the election.



No excuses: You have no excuses not to attend. It will be held on a Saturday (Sept. 26).

* If you are one of the hundreds who have contacted us to express utter frustration at Baker’s (and other sheriffs’)  refusal to issue gun permits as required by law at a time when national riots make it more important than ever … BE THERE!
* or even if you aren’t, BE THERE!  
*Regardless of where you live in NC: BE THERE!

Details:
What: A peaceful demonstration against Sheriff Baker, the inability to obtain firearms for self-protection, and the present state of affairs

When: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Wake County Sheriff/Wake County Department of Public Safety, 330 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 

Why: Because it’s high time somebody did

Added bonus: GRNC will have “Remember in November” voter guides and JFP Judicial Voter Guides available in quantities for you to distribute to friends and acquaintances.

Please R.S.V.P.: Please confirm attendance, including name and approximate number of people attending by emailing: DirectorofDevelopment@GRNC.org 

Guidelines for demonstrators:

* Under § 14-277.2(a), “It shall be unlawful for any person participating in, affiliated with, or present as a spectator at any …  demonstration upon any private health care facility or upon any public place owned or under the control of the State or any of its political subdivisions to willfully or intentionally possess or have immediate access to any dangerous weapon.”
* Please dress for the press: Please avoid clothing with inflammatory slogans, camouflage, or other items which would allow the media to dismiss us as a fringe element.
* Please show the world what a truly peaceful protest looks like.

UPDATE: Now this is interesting. I just tried to post a link to this post on my dedicated blog page on Facebook. It was denied because someone had reported this information as “abusive”.

Surrounded in all red, the message read:

Warning Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.”

Tell Holly Springs No

The Town of Holly Springs, a suburb town in Wake County, North Carolina, is considering imposing restrictions on open carry. As a reminder, open carry is a constitutional right in the state of North Carolina. That was decided by the NC Supreme Court in 1922 in the case of State v. Kerner.

The Town Council will meet on Tuesday, September 1st to consider the proposal. The Bloomberg-funded North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (sic) is pushing it and they have an alert out on it.

Grass Roots North Carolina has been following this and the previous proposal concerning concealed carry on certain town properties from the start. Unlike NCGV, they were not caught flat-footed on either proposal.

An alert from GRNC was released yesterday asking for support on this. The Town Council will not be allowing speakers from the attendees so email and calls are key.

From GRNC:

Gun Rights Supporters, We Won a Partial Victory Last Month in Holly Springs.   Now We Need Your Help to Finish the Job on Tuesday, September 1st.  The Message:   GUNS SAVE LIVES and ‘Gun Free Zones’ DO NOT! 

Last month the Mayor and Town Council of Holly Springs heard loud and clear from the community it serves that Freedom and the 2nd Amendment are alive and well.  According to the Mayor, the level of engagement by the public on this issue exceeded anything he’s ever seen in 19 and a half years of public service.  The comments were overwhelmingly in favor of tabling BOTH of the two proposed town ordinances prohibiting lawful open and concealed carry in the Town of Holly Springs. 

However, while lawful concealed carry restrictions were indeed tabled, three members of the Council chose to delay a final decision on open carry.  Two, if not three, of the five Council Members desperately want to find a way to impose open carry restrictions and, hence, the matter reappears for a vote Tuesday night, September 1st.  

NO FIREARM ZONES are killing fields.

Time and time again, history has shown us that “no firearms allowed” signs DO NOT work. The criminal and the mob are only emboldened by such ignorance on the part of politicians believing these signs work. Law enforcement authorities will arrive in a minute or two of a call? Not likely at all.  In fact, think of ten to fifteen minutes at least.  How many lives could be destroyed in that time frame? The first responders to a tragedy are the people present.  If armed, they may prevent a calamity.  If unarmed, they can run, hide, or die.

As I write this alert, the businesses in Downtown Raleigh who earlier today boarded up their shops in anticipation of violence, rioting, looting, and worse to come Friday and Saturday nights pray that the mobs roaming the streets don’t use the bricks and stones conveniently left on street corners there.  Nowhere in the video are Raleigh Police enforcing the Mayor’s hastily called curfew for tonight. The need to protect ones’ self and loved ones is never more apparent than it is today We live in lawless times where progressive “Woke” political leadership demands law enforcement step down and let havoc wreck its toll.

Despite this rampant lawlessness, Holly Springs, in Southern Wake County and mere miles away from Raleigh, will readdress OPEN CARRY restrictions at a 2nd Town Council meeting on September 1st at 7 pm.  

Please attend the council meeting and email your opposition to banning freedom. One registered “Republican” who is leaning left may join the two Michael Bloomberg robots and pass the ban.  He needs a polite wakeup call and a reminder to back away from gun bans. We need more voices!  NOTE THAT THE COUNCIL WILL NOT ALLOW PUBLIC SPEAKERS FROM THE FLOOR SO YOUR EMAILS AND CALLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER!


Town of Holly Springs 128 S Main Street Holly Springs, NC 27540 Town Hall Phone: (919) 557-3901

Tuesday, September 1st 7 PM
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

* ATTEND THE COUNCIL MEETING: SEPTEMBER 1st at 7 PM 
 
* EMAIL and CALL COUNCIL MEMBERS PETER VILLADSEN and SHAUN MCGRATH:

* Councilman Villadsen’s public phone number is:  919 272-8540

* Councilman McGrath’s public phone number is:  919 914-1240 

* SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT INTO THE RECORD BY ALSO E-MAILING THE TOWN CLERK, Ms. LINDA MCKINNEY

* PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO GRNC: Help us fight gun control while we promote Second Amendment principles. Please CLICK HERE to contribute. Bear in mind that GRNC is an all-volunteer organization, so you can be sure your donations are put to the best possible use. Any amount helps, and any amount is appreciated.  

* EMAIL COUNCIL MEMBERS Peter Villadsen, Shaun McGrath and Town Clerk, Ms. Linda Mckinney:   peter.villadsen@Hollyspringsnc.us; shaun.mcgrath@hollyspringsnc.us; linda.mckinney@hollyspringsnc.us  
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

Suggested Subject:  “Do Not Endorse the Bloomberg Gun Ban Agenda”  
Dear Holly Springs Council members Villadsen and McGrath:
 
Posting a prohibition against lawful OPEN CARRY serves no purpose but to advance a gun banning agenda promoted by the left.  It will not save lives.

“NO FIREARM ZONES” are killing fields. Time and time again, history has shown us that no firearm signs DO NOT work. The criminal is only emboldened by such ignorance on our part believing these signs work.  The first responders to a tragedy are the people present.  Law Enforcement often arrives too late to do anything but merely take the report and clean up the damage done.  

What is your reason to now ban legal law-abiding residents the right to defend themselves where you feel appropriate? Is it really about safety? Is it your opinion that law enforcement will be present during an attack wherever evil might occur?  Two days after the August 18th meeting, a man was assaulted and killed on a Raleigh public greenway.  Speaking of Raleigh, have you watched the videos from Raleigh on Friday night? Do you anticipate a few bucks thrown toward your reelection campaign next year from the deep pockets of Michael Bloomberg or George Soros?  Or more ominously, do you just want to control the lives of others merely because you can?

Do you know that the emails you may have received in support of restrictions were prepared by a Michael Bloomberg funded organization “North Carolinians Against Gun Violence” and that they also demand the defunding of North Carolina Law Enforcement Agencies?  Will your next step be to defund the Holly Springs Police in accordance with their wishes?

Testimony presented at last month’s public hearing on this matter indicates this is merely political posturing presented by your left-leaning peers with no factual basis to claim any accident or incident detrimental to public health and safety in decades of responsible citizen behavior.  They want it banned merely because they want it banned.  Period. 

The reality is Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker and others unlawfully continue to deny citizens, including residents of Holly Springs, permits to purchase handguns or permits to lawfully conceal carry handguns.  OPEN CARRY remains the ONLY lawful manner some citizens possess to protect themselves and loved ones.  The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is fundamental and must be honored by those who legislate law and order among us.

The businesses in Downtown Raleigh, mere miles from Holly Springs spent Friday busily boarding up their shops in anticipation of violence, rioting, looting, and worse to come Friday and Saturday nights. A hastily called-for curfew was not enforced.  The need to protect oneself and loved ones is never more apparent than it is today. We live in lawless times where progressive “Woke” political leadership demands law enforcement step down and let havoc wreak its toll. 

As the swing vote at Tuesday’s meeting YOU, Councilman Villadsen will be responsible if the unthinkable occurs in Holly Springs and your vote prevents citizens the right to protect themselves or loved ones. Give law-abiding citizens at least a fighting chance.  Carving out “exceptions” will do the public no good unless you concurrently propose to spend considerable sums ramping up law enforcement assets and locking down the town with checkpoints, metal detectors, and random search and frisks. 

On the 18th of August, you rightly concluded banning lawful concealed carry in Holly Springs served no purpose and voted against the proposed measure. Now I ask you to vote responsibly one more time and table this equally insane idea carving out open carry exclusion zones in and around Holly Springs.

I will be monitoring your actions through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.

Respectfully,


GRNC Lawsuit Against Sheriff Baker Makes The News

The lawsuit GRNC has brought against Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker has caught the attention of local news stations. CBS 17 News of Raleigh did a report yesterday on Moore v. Baker and interviewed Marc Erickson of GRNC. The lawsuit is over Sheriff Baker dragging his feet in the processing of pistol purchase permits. It is taking over 2 months to process them when state law only allows 14 days. Sheriff Baker is still using the tired excuse of “it’s the pandemic”.

As Marc made clear, a right delayed is a right denied. The pistol purchase permit is superfluous given the NICS System but North Carolina sheriffs claim they know people in their county better. That might be true in eastern NC’s Tyrrell County – population 4,016. It certainly is not true in Wake County population 1,111,761. Wake, by the way, has now officially surpassed Mecklenburg as the largest county by population in North Carolina.

GRNC Sues Wake County Sheriff Baker…Again

Grass Roots North Carolina is suing Wake County (NC) Sheriff Gerald Baker again for unlawful delays in issuing pistol purchase permits as well as concealed handgun permits. The suit is filed in Wake County Superior Court. GRNC is the institutional plaintiff while Wanda Kaye Moore is the lead plaintiff. The lawsuit seeks an emergency temporary restraining order preventing Sheriff Baker from causing any more delays.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Department is forcing applicants for a pistol purchase permit to make an appointment to submit their mental health release. They refuse to take it by mail or online even though state law mandates application for these permits be online.

More on this in the release from GRNC:

[Raleigh] In recent weeks, GRNC’s office has been flooded with complaints from people who want to buy handguns for protection against riots spreading across the country but are unable to do so because Sheriff Gerald Baker refuses to process pistol purchase permits within the 14 days required by law, effectively denying citizens their right to keep and bear arms.

Said Grass Roots North Carolina president Paul Valone: 

“In what is now the third lawsuit filed against Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker over his refusal to follow state law regarding issuing handgun permits, Grass Roots North Carolina intends to ensure citizens’ rights are respected. Sheriff Baker seems to think he is above the law. Grass Roots North Carolina intends to prove otherwise. Since Baker doesn’t seem to be getting the message, we will deliver it loud and clear. We are also holding Wake County responsible for its refusal to stop Baker’s continued malfeasance.”

Link to suit: https://www.grnc.org/baker_complaint 

In response to GRNC’s notice of non-compliance, sent to Baker’s counsel on July 15, attorney Nick Ellis claimed that Baker is doing an “excellent” job of processing pistol purchase permit applications, despite the fact that:

  • Baker is clearly violating G.S. §14-404(f): The statute requires sheriffs to issue or deny NC pistol purchase permits in 14 days, further stipulating that applications may only be denied or statutorily permissible reasons. In truth, applications, if they are being processed at all, are taking nearly two months
  • Baker is trying to circumvent state law by arguing that the requisite 14 day issuing period doesn’t start until his office decides to allow a citizen to come in to his office to finish the application begun online, effectively claiming the power to deny citizens’ rights indefinitely.
  • North Carolinians are being denied their rights: It is unlawful for citizens to buy handguns without either a pistol purchase permit or concealed handgun permit from their county of residence, meaning that Baker’s actions are denying citizens’ rights not only to keep and bear arms, but to protect their families at a time of national crisis when personal safety is very much in question.
  • Reports indicate the Wake County Sheriff is non-responsive: Email queries on permit applications are reportedly being ignored as phone calls to the department go unanswered. Reports also suggest that Baker has limited the number of hours during which Wake County sheriff’s employees may process applications, as department representatives have become hostile to frustrated applicants.
  • Baker may be thumbing his nose at the law: Despite a consent decree requiring him to issue handgun permits, Baker appears to be dragging his feet in order to issue the minimum possible number of permits, clearly defying the decree.
  • Wake County may be liable: Under the Supreme Court decision in Monell v. Department of Soc. Svcs., Wake County may also be liable for its refusal to stop Baker’s malfeasance. 

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HB 652 Needs Support In NC

NC House Bill 652 would expand the ability to carry in churches. I hardly need to mention that churches have been the targets of the evil and the deranged. Needless to say but North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (sic) is adamantly against this bill if the emails I’ve received are any indication.

From NCGV:

“We oppose H652. It circumvents state policy outlawing concealed carry of firearms on school grounds and would put school children at more risk of gun violence,” said NCGV Executive Director Becky Ceartas. “State law applies to both public and private school property and makes no exception for schools owned and operated by places of worship for a simple reason: it endangers school children. 

“The fact that weapons would be allowed at the place of worship with schools but not at the associated school itself on the same property practically amounts to a distinction without a difference,” Ceartas added.

According to their email they are also opposed to making it easier for EMTs to legally carry. Don’t EMT lives matter?

Grass Roots North Carolina sent out an alert on this bill yesterday evening.

We need you to call NC House and urge them to support HOUSE BILL 652
We know that having citizens carrying in churches and other gatherings have saved countless lives.
HOUSE BILL 652 will expand the ability to carry in Churches; this is why it is critical that you call NC House Republicans to bolster their support for this important piece of legislation.
New Life Church, Colorado Springs First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement
What do all of these have in common?
They are three of the legion of examples of ordinary citizens stopping a mass murderer and saving countless lives.   Three of the millions of cases where guns have saved lives.
The left likes to pretend to be against gun violence and for ‘gun safety’.   So, they should also support this bill. [Pause for Laughter]
This is an important step for preserving liberty and true gun safety, we need you to voice your support of this life of death issue.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
Unfortunately, we don’t live in the wondrous ‘Utopia’ of the liberty grabber left, where unicorns prance over rainbows and mass murderers are stopped by absurd rules that only disarm the innocent.
This is why you must urge NC House Republicans to support this life saving legislation.  EMAIL NC HOUSE REPUBLICANS: Tell them clearly that they need to support this important piece of legislation.
The shooting at New Life Church, First Baptist Church, and West Freeway Church of Christ prove that only a good guy or gal with a gun can stop those bent on pure evil.  Liberty free [gun free] zones only disarm the innocent when seconds count and law enforcement is minutes away.

Use the copy and paste addresses below.
PHONE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP & YOUR GOP REP: Urge them to support this important piece of legislation that will ensure our safety.


PHONE MESSAGE:

My name is ______ and I’m calling to urge you to support HOUSE BILL 652, Expanding our common sense human right of self-defense in places of worship.  The recent past has shown that mere signs or rules will not stop evil men bent on mass murder. 

Armed citizens are the only way to ensure our safety in these situations.  I expect you to live up to your principles and I urge you to support this critical piece of legislation.

CONTACT INFO  NC House:  
Dean.Arp@ncleg.net;Kristin.Baker@ncleg.net;  Lisa.Barnes@ncleg.net;John.Bell@ncleg.net;Hugh.Blackwell@ncleg.net; Jamie.Boles@ncleg.net;William.Brisson@ncleg.net;Mark.Brody@ncleg.net; Dana.Bumgardner@ncleg.net;Jerry.Carter@ncleg.net; Debra.Conrad@ncleg.net;Kevin.Corbin@ncleg.net;Ted.Davis@ncleg.net; Jimmy.Dixon@ncleg.net;Josh.Dobson@ncleg.net;Jeffrey.Elmore@ncleg.net; John.Faircloth@ncleg.net;John.Fraley@ncleg.net;Edward.Goodwin@ncleg.net; Holly.Grange@ncleg.net;Destin.Hall@ncleg.net;Kyle.Hall@ncleg.net; Bobby.Hanig@ncleg.net;Jon.Hardister@ncleg.net;Kelly.Hastings@ncleg.net; Craig.Horn@ncleg.net;Julia.Howard@ncleg.net;Chris.Humphrey@ncleg.net; Pat.Hurley@ncleg.net;Frank.Iler@ncleg.net;Steve.Jarvis@ncleg.net; Jake.Johnson@ncleg.net;Brenden.Jones@ncleg.net;Perrin.Jones@ncleg.net; Donny.Lambeth@ncleg.net;David.Lewis@ncleg.net; Pat.McElraft@ncleg.net;Chuck.McGrady@ncleg.net;Jeffrey.McNeely@ncleg.net; Allen.McNeill@ncleg.net;Tim.Moore@ncleg.net; Larry.Potts@ncleg.net;Michele.Presnell@ncleg.net;Dennis.Riddell@ncleg.net; David.Rogers@ncleg.net;Stephen.Ross@ncleg.net;Jason.Saine@ncleg.net; Wayne.Sasser@ncleg.net;John.Sauls@ncleg.net;Mitchell.Setzer@ncleg.net; Phil.Shepard@ncleg.net;Carson.Smith@ncleg.net; Sarah.Stevens@ncleg.net;Larry.Strickland@ncleg.net;John.Szoka@ncleg.net; John.Torbett@ncleg.net;Harry.Warren@ncleg.net;Donna.White@ncleg.net; Larry.Yarborough@ncleg.net;Lee.Zachary@ncleg.net;

Phone Republican Leaders and Your Rep:
Rep. Tim Moore (Speaker): 704-739-1221 Rep. John R. Bell (Maj. Leader): 919-715-3017 Rep. Jon Hardister (Maj. Whip): 919-733-5191 Rep. David Lewis:  910-897-8100
Phone your own Republican Rep: CLICK HERE to use your address to find your representative and his/her contact information. Click on the ‘NC House’ radio button.


PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO GRNC: Help us fight gun control while we promote Second Amendment principles. Please CLICK HERE to contribute. Bear in mind that GRNC is an all-volunteer organization, so you can be sure your donations are put to the best possible use. Any amount helps, and any amount is appreciated.  
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

Suggested Subject:  Support HOUSE BILL 652   Dear Representative,   I’m writing to urge you to support HOUSE BILL 652 that will expand the ability for ordinary citizens to carry concealed on educational property that is the location of both a school and a place of religious worship.
Recent tragedies have shown that a good guy or gal with a gun are critical in saving lives.   This is true common-sense safety legislation that will protect the public.
Mere signs or rules never deter those of evil intent and mass murder.  These only serve to stop innocent people from ensuring everyone else’s safety. 
I expect you to stand up for everyone’s common sense human rights and support this important step in safety. I will continue to monitor your actions on this important issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.    Respectfully,  

Durham Capitulated…But Quietly

Last week I wrote that the City of Durham had received a demand from Grass Roots North Carolina and GOA to designate gun stores as essential or face legal action. Greensboro also got one of these letters and folded it quickly.

They did fold but did it very quietly. What the City of Durham did was release an amendment to their original order saying they were merely going to adopt the amended Stay at Home order issued by the county. This new City of Durham order didn’t go into details as to what was or wasn’t an essential business. Mayor Stephen Schewel signed the order on the afternoon of Friday, April 3rd and it went into effect at 5pm on Saturday, April 4th.

Durham County’s order didn’t mention gun dealers or ranges as essential businesses. They just said that any business that was on the Department of Homeland Security’s CISA list was essential. That list did include firearms related businesses. Perhaps it is ironic that the title of the county order was “Second Amendment to the Declaration of a State of Emergency in Durham County, NC to Coordinate Protective Actions to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19.”

As I understand it, GRNC contacted Durham County and convinced them to them to comply. Somehow officials in Durham County convinced Mayor Schewel to comply but noted he refused to make any public statement about it.

IndyWeek is a free newspaper serving the Triangle. In NC-speak, the Triangle are the cities of Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, and the smaller surrounding communities. IndyWeek is virulently anti-gun.

They have their panties in a wad that Durham folded to those “gun nuts” and their demands after Mayor Schewel said he wasn’t backing down. The article notes the original April 2nd deadline and the fact that GRNC and GOA didn’t sue.

In this case, April 2 came and went, and Schewel made no such statement, but the gun groups didn’t sue. So what happened? 

Very quietly, the city rolled over. 

IndyWeek then goes into the details of the Durham County and City of Durham orders which I posted above.

As to why Durham capitulated, IndyWeek has this response from Mayor Schewel.

“Our lawyers said we couldn’t win,” Schewel told the INDY on Tuesday. “And not only that they were gonna win, but that we were gonna have to pay their legal fees. And so that’s why we made the decision—which is, you know, awful. Gun stores are not essential. In fact, they are damaging. It’s terrible to be forced into this position.”

It is good to see the Constitution and some good legal advice trumped the anti-gun feelings of the good mayor. It should be no surprise that Schewel is a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Illegal Mayors.

Greensboro Backs Down But Will Durham

Grass Roots North Carolina and Gunowners of America sent a demand letter to the cities of Greensboro and Durham on Tuesday. It demanded they rescind or change the determination the firearms-related businesses were not essential. They had until noon today to make the change or they would face court action.

Yesterday, Mayor Nancy Vaughan of Greensboro informed GRNC and GOA that she wrongly determined gun stores and ranges as “non-essential”. Now it remains to be seen if Mayor Steve Schewel of Durham will do likewise.

Picture courtesy of Carolina Peacemaker

On a related note, I got a response from Buncombe County yesterday for why they didn’t include gun stores and ranges in their list of essential businesses. Buncombe County felt that since state statute preempted them from closing them during periods of emergency that it would have been superfluous to have listed them as essential.

The release from GRNC on Vaughan’s retreat is below:

The mayor of Greensboro, North Carolina, has reversed herself and now agrees that gun stores within city limits can remain open, after being contacted by Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) and The Mayor had told the media that gun stores were not “essential” businesses, despite the fact that the city’s “stay-at-home” order stated otherwise.

This reversal comes after a Cease and Desist letter from GOA and GRNC urging Mayor Nancy Vaughan to correct her interpretation, or face legal action. Mayor Vaughan informed GOA and GRNC via email that she was incorrect in her interpretation.

While GOA and GRNC are thankful for the clarification, both organizations still look forward to seeing a public announcement by Mayor Vaughan to let the citizens of the Gate City know they can lawfully visit and purchase firearms and ammunition from gun stores during the “stay-at-home” order.

Likewise, Wake County, North Carolina has also reopened its gun stores after a similar letter sent by GRNC and GOA,  which also sent letters Guildford County and the city of Durham urging the localities to ensure gun stores remain open or face legal action.  

Elsewhere, when contacted by legal counsel for GRNC and GOA, the attorney for Orange County disavowed any statements previously made, saying its language would protect firearms businesses, and Buncombe County advises that although they did not specifically list firearm businesses as “essential,” the county will follow state guidelines which protect firearm businesses provided they follow social distancing requirements.