posted on July 24, 2012 10:35
Gun rights vs. gun control: Except for race, it is the starkest divide in America today.
The Batman killings revived the familiar debate. One side says, “When are we going to do something about the easy availability of guns and bullets in America?” The other says, “If somebody had been packing a gun in that theater, those lives could have been saved.”
There is no bridging this divide. These twain shall never meet.
Wine-sipping, Whole Foods-shopping Americans just don’t get this thing about guns. Hunters, sportsmen and good old boys see a threat to their way of life, their recreation and their very freedom.
Unfortunately for the gun-control folks, guns run deep in American history and hearts. We’re an independent country because colonists took up guns against the King. We idealize the Wild West. Generations of boys, especially in the South, fondly remember going hunting at dawn with their daddies.
Gun control is just not going to happen. You can accuse politicians like President Obama of being spineless. That’s easy to do when you’re mayor of New York. You can demonize the NRA. But this is a right that too many Americans will tenaciously cling to (you’ll pardon the expression) for it to ever change.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:19 PM
North Carolina's concealed-carry permit law does NOT allow a permit holder to carry his weapon in an area to which admission is charged--such as a movie theatre. I don't know if Colorado's law is similar, but I've often wondered when someone would get the bright idea of shooting up a theatre, since as with schools the shooter knows he would have a captive, defenseless audience. Our law creates several other likely venues for fish-in-a-barrel type massacres as well, such as public libraries(your concealed carry permit is no good in a building in which government employees work) and in-door concerts and plays. My guess is that's it's just a matter of time.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3:02 PM
I'm a concealed carry owner. So, I speak to this from that perspective.
A person can carry a concealed weapon into ANY area that is not specifically identified as NOT where you can carry a concealed weapon. And, yep, this INCLUDES a bank that does not have a sign on their entranceway that specifically says it does not allow a concealed weapon there.
So, you can go to Google and find out if I'm right or wrong. If I'm wrong, I was taught wrong.
Oh, and if someone wants to say I'm incorrect, please provide the legitimate sourse.
Thanks....It's something I need to know if I'm incorrect.
Friday, July 27, 2012 2:21 PM
North Carolina General Statute 14-269.2 prohibits concealed carry on any school property, including busses, athletic fields--any property or facility owned or operated by a school board. This includes the community college system and the UNC system, by the way.
GS 14-269.3 prohibits concealed carry at any event for which an admission fee is charged (hence my comment about movies, plays, and concerts) and in any establishment in which alcohol is sold and consumed.
GS 14-277.2 prohibits concealed carry at any parade, funeral procession, or demonstration on public property.
GS 14-269.4 prohibits concealed carry anywhere state or federal employees work.
When I took the course I was taught that financial institutions were also off-limits to concealed carriers, but I could not find a reference to that in the law. I wouldn't do that anyway--too much potential for confusion. Happily, permit holders may now carry in state parks, which were previously off-limits.
Monday, July 30, 2012 7:15 PM
Dap, I tried to post a response over the weekend citing the sections of our General Statutes that restrict concealed carry, but it apparently did not go through correctly. I don't have the citations before me now, but please believe me you are in serious legal danger if you bring your weapon into any of the following areas: any educational establishment (this includes the grounds, parking lots, etc. of any school); any building or office in which state or federal employees are working; any area into which a fee is charged for entrance (such as a movie theater); or any procession or demonstration on public property. I did not find a prohibition on concealed carry in financial institutions, but when I went through the course I was taught there was such a law. You can go to the General Assembly's website and click on the link to General Statutes (on the right) and do a word search for concealed carry and variations of that to find the various statutes.