Friday, May 18, 2012

GRNC Alert 5-18-12: Stop New 'State of Emergency' Gun Ban!

Reminding us why Mark Twain once said, "No man's life, liberty nor property is safe while the Legislature is in session," a plan is afoot in the NC Senate to replace the state's "state of emergency" gun ban - which was recently declared unconstitutional - with an even worse gun ban.


As you recall, Grass Roots North Carolina was a plaintiff in Bateman v. Perdue, the lawsuit filed against the state's ban on carrying firearms outside the home during declared states of emergency. Represented by Alan Gura (of D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago fame), we won: Federal District Court for the Eastern District of NC declared the statute an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms outside the home.

The better news is that the state let the April 30 appeal deadline pass without filing an appeal, making the decision conclusive. Now, however, we might be seeing why Governor Perdue chose not to appeal...


More @ GRNC

Alaska man plans year on uninhabited island

Via Survival

Charles Baird is going off the grid for a year.

The 40-year-old oil company employee and filmmaker from Anchorage will move to the mostly uninhabited Latouche Island in Alaska's Prince William Sound at the end of May, completing a dream he's been contemplating for 17 years.

Baird will build a 12x12 shed to shelter him from the elements, and he plans to hunt and fish and fend off an occasional black bear during his sojourn to the Alaska wilderness.

He'll be incommunicado, only allowing himself to send short messages out via a satellite uplink to and no way to receive any in. He won't even know who won the November presidential election for six months. He calls his experiment more modern-day homesteading than a survival game, but he's heading into the adventure well-armed.

"I may see some hunters and fishermen come by but otherwise I will be on my own, just me and my dog," he said.

Latouche Island is a narrow strip of land (12 miles long, 3 miles wide) located about 100 miles southwest of the port city of Valdez. Like many islands in Prince William Sound, people digging into the beach there can still find oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

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