Sunday, May 5, 2013

GRNC Alert 5-5-13 Push Again for Restaurant/Campus Carry


Stop prosecutions of "accidental felons" like Johnston Co. Eagle Scout

The floor vote for House Bill 937 has been rescheduled for tomorrow night (5/6/13). As you recall, it contains restaurant carry, provisions for guns in locked vehicles on college campuses and state properties, carry in assemblies for which admission is charged, and a "cleanup" of parks carry language. Although the bill isn't everything we want, it is a good start. 

Accidental felons

Every day, thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens become "accidental felons" when they unwittingly carry firearms across what they might not even know is "educational property." Such is the case of Cole Withrow, the 18-year-old Princeton High School student who unknowingly brought a shotgun he had left in his truck to school. When he called his mother to ask what to do, others overheard the call and had him arrested. This Eagle Scout, honor student and model citizen now faces felony prosecution. Although HB 937 wouldn't prevent the prosecution of Withrow, since the incident wasn't on a college campus, it will undoubtedly prevent untold lives from being ruined. The message to deliver to House Republicans today is: "Help prevent 'accidental felons': Pass HB 937 without weakening amendments".

Left-wing connections to UNC President Tom Ross

On Friday, the Civitas Institute highlighted the relationship between UNC President Tom Ross, who spoke out against HB 937, and the ultra-liberal Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Said Civitas:

"UNC system President Tom Ross has weighed into the gun debate. Ross wants a provision in House Bill 937, that allows concealed carry permit holder to have a weapon in a locked vehicles on a college campus. to be removed.

"This should come as no surprise to anyone. Ross, as head of the liberal Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, funded the Anti-Gun group NC Against Gun Violence (NCAGV). NCAGV also happens to be an original member of BluePrintNC the group that supports “eviscerating & crippling” conservative state leaders."

We should also note that UNC Chapel Hill is under investigation by the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights for deliberately under-reporting campus sexual assaults. With thirty-five (and perhaps more, considering under-reporting) forcible sexual assaults between 2008 and 2010, one source notes that the UNC Chapel Hill rate of forcible sexual assault is 50.1% higher than the national average for college campuses.

When Ross demanded campus gun storage be removed from HB 937, he claimed the bill would hinder UNC's ability to "protect" students. Is rape the sort of "protection" he has in mind? Using the copy-and-paste list below, please deliver the following message to all UNC chancellors: "Not a dime for UNC until you stop attacking our rights." Below is the latest open letter from GRNC President Paul Valone to Ross.


  1. "UNC system President Tom Ross wants a provision in House Bill 937, that allows concealed carry permit holders to have a weapon in a locked vehicle on a college campus to be removed."

    I have to agree with President Ross, but for an entirely different reason.

    If the concealed carry permit holder's weapon is in a locked vehicle while on a college campus, then the ultimate purpose of the proposed legislation is nullified, for the students and faculty are forced by law to remain unarmed helpless prey for any psychotic spree killer who may suddenly and unexpectedly initiate a deadly assault.

    Also, weapons stored in locked vehicles are subject to being stolen.

    The safest place for a loaded pistol or revolver is in a holster worn on the individual's person.

    Actually, the most ideal firearms legislation, and the one which everyone should be seeking, would be patterned after the existing common sense firearm laws currently on the books in Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho.

    1. Agreed. One step at a time with these useful idiots until a giant one occurs.