State Of Emergency In North Carolina? No Guns For You

A bit of a kerfuffle going on in ye olde home state

Residents in King were fumed over the weekend after a state of emergency declaration restricted the sale of alcohol and the carrying of firearms in vehicles.

King Police Chief Paula May said she’s received hundreds of threats related to the restrictions, which banned driving from 12 a.m. Sunday to 5 a.m.

The state of emergency for King was declared by members of the City Council after Stokes County authorities also declared a state of emergency.

Under North Carolina law, May said, when a state of emergency is put into place that includes a ban on driving, the carrying of firearms in vehicles is also banned. The King city curfew banned the sale of alcohol.

Actually, it is a bit more than that

“I think there’s been some misinterpretation that I personally have declared martial law and taken away people’s right to bear arms and that’s erroneous,” May told WXII reporter Jermont Terry. “By law, statute 14-288.7 automatically went into effect. And that law which goes into effect when there’s a state of emergency prohibits the transportation, purchase sale and possession of firearms other than on one’s own premises.”

Obviously, the people who wrote that law never actually read that wonderful document, The Bill Of Rights. By all means, they can ban driving. That is a privilege, not a Right. The sale of alcohol is a bit trickier, at least from private businesses that sell beer and wine (hard liquor is sold only at government run stores in North Carolina). However, restricting the purchase and possession of firearms except at your own home? Yes, that would be unconstitutional, pure and simple, which begs the question “will the ACLU get involved?” Will they stand up for the Rights granted in the Constitution, or, just the ones they happen to agree with? After all, the main point of the 2nd Amendment was not so that people could have guns for the heck of it, but, for the ability to protect themselves from a repressive government.

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7 Responses to “State Of Emergency In North Carolina? No Guns For You”

  1. TFMo says:

    Soooo…what’s the emergency that prompted this?

  2. vegofish says:

    I was curious as well, weather related?

  3. William Teach says:

    It was over the snow event we had the other week

  4. GM Roper says:

    Perhaps, they, like Obama feel that if they want to do it, there is no such thing as a constitutional prohibition against it.

    Institutionalized arrogance as it were!

  5. Interestingly, quite a few police officers refused to actually cite anyone in the area. They know what is what.

  6. TFMo says:

    So they want to keep people from buying or carrying their guns…because they’re afraid people might want to shoot at snowflakes? How the heck do they make the weather into a gun issue??

    THIS JUST IN! NC legislature has determined that cigarettes are bad for you, so they will be instituting an emergency ban on toupees. In a totally related story, to combat the high prices at the gas pump, a new bill is being introduced to encourage pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

  7. I understand that that Chief May is investigating all those threats, too (via WXII TV report). Must be real slow for LE activities in King, what with the emergency over and all.

    Of course, I suspect that those “hundreds of threats” were probably mostly emails asking “How dare you?” and very few like “I’m going to kill you”.

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