April 24, 2009

Doing the Right Thing

North Carolina State Senator Doug Berger, a Franklin County Democrat, has introduced a bill that would end the requirement for North Carolina sheriff's offices to conduct background checks and issue permits before citizens can buy a pistol or crossbow.

"There should be no infringement on a person's ability to purchase a gun," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin County.

Gun control advocates were shocked when they learned of the bill.

"How can this be the response, that we want to to make it easier (to get guns)?" said Roxane Kolar, executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.

Berger argued that leaving it up to local sheriffs to decide whether to issue a person a gun permit is too subjective.

"We need to begin to look at those laws that are on our books that were written at a time when people did not fully appreciate the Second Amendment," the senator said.

"Did not fully appreciate the Second Amendment," indeed.

The existing law, like so many throughout the country, are the ugly remnants of racist gun control that came down from this nation's founding and through our shared history.

It is particularly poignant that a North Carolina Democrat is the senator offering up such a bill, as it was the North Carolina Democratic Party that staged the only successful coup d'etat in American history, which was followed by the passage of Jim Crow laws that destroyed the rights of African Americans until the Civil Rights era. Among those laws inspired by the Jim Crow era was the process of county sheriffs awarding pistol permits to people of "good character," which was widely understood for many years to mean whites.

Not surprisingly, the bill is already encountering opposition from gun control advocates.


Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 24, 2009 06:00 PM

Jim Crow laws - worse than Illinois Nazis.

Still on the books, maybe not used the way they were intended (to discriminate), but when asking what purpose they serve got blank stares - and feeble statements to effect that this is how it is done.

Those outside NC may not know what this 'background checks and issue permits' is about, but you go to the sheriff's office, fill out a rather unofficial looking form that haslittlemore than your name on it, and buy a pistol purchase permit for $5 (up to five at a time in my county a coupleof years ago), go back in a week and get your permission slips - essentially a 8-/2 x 11 sheet cut into several slips which just say that Name (fill in blank) has been authorized to purchase a pistol by Sheriff (rubber stamp) and date stamp.

By state law you have to turn this over to the dealer or private seller at transfer and then, for all the law cares, they can wad it up into a ball and throw it away.

Posted by: Druid at April 25, 2009 12:18 AM

Woohoo! Franklin County, where if you get killed as a pedestrian struck by a car, you get a second opinion at the morgue.
I love living in Franklinton.

Posted by: Larry at April 26, 2009 02:41 AM