NC: Woke “Gun Safety” Zealots Will Stop at Nothing to Infringe Your Rights!
GOA has learned of an insidious, local, behind-the-scenes scheme that, like Biden’s weaponized BATFE, focuses on turning law-abiding citizens into criminals rather than taking meaningful action to take murderous criminals off the streets.
Anti-gunners are seeking to effectively ban shooting on private property, starting in Guilford County, by rewriting Firearm Discharge Ordinances. These ordinances are designed, not to provide reasonable public safety as proponents would claim, but rather to create wide swaths of areas within counties where the lawful discharge of firearms for training or recreation is simply prohibited.
Nowhere is this more evident than in Guilford County, where “woke” Democrat Sheriff Danny Rogers has resisted issuing both Pistol Purchase and Concealed Handgun Permits for over a year now.
Now Guilford County also has a newly-elected Democrat majority County Commission (7-2), and they are showing signs that they wish to come after the rights of the law-abiding rather than do anything to stop violent criminals.
Take for example the recent case of a young minority gun owner who asked for the Commission’s help in getting her concealed carry permit approved. Rather than insist that Sheriff Rogers fulfill his lawful role and issue her a permit, the Commission suddenly decided it was necessary to make changes to Guilford County’s Firearms related Ordinance(s).
Many of these regulations have been untouched for decades. With little to justify making changes, a Public Hearing to do just that is now scheduled for Thursday, August 5.
We must unite to immediately STOP this ban on private shooting, an assault on the private property and Second Amendment rights of Guilford County citizens, or it will surely snowball across the state.
For example, nearby Forsyth County is considering the same path with their Firearms Discharge Ordinance(s) up for consideration at a Thursday, August 12, Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
These Ordinances set ridiculous dimensions of so-called “setbacks” from occupied structures (in some cases including your own) and/or property lines and create a nightmare of conditions to wade through that only those with very large properties can hope to satisfy.
There are no exceptions accounting for natural or manmade backstops — and in some cases, proposed ordinances would require shooters to be a half-mile away from any occupied structure.
Simply put, these ordinances are designed to terminate the rights of property owners to decide what is the best use of their properties and deviously designed to prevent gun owners from discharging their firearms for training, recreation, hunting, and possibly even self-defense.
Worse, the ordinances are inherently racist in nature because the first group of people denied their rights are primarily minorities, the young, and those not wealthy enough to acquire the large acreage requirements necessary to comply with the arbitrarily imposed conditions of compliance.
These ordinances must be fought by every North Carolina citizen who cherishes their Second Amendment rights and their rights to determine how they use their property.
What Must We Do?
First and foremost, plan to attend, in person, the Public Hearing scheduled for 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 5th in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room located on the second floor of the Old County Courthouse, 301 W. Market St., Greensboro.
Sign up to speak at the Public Hearing against efforts to impose new restrictions on the lawful discharge of firearms in Guilford County.
Next, call the commissioners using the following phone numbers. Note that the two Republican members of the Commission, Justin Conrad and Alan Perdue, WILL support the rights of lawful gun owners in this regard.
Chairman Melvin “Skip” Alston 336 324-3515
Vice-Chair J. Carlvena Foster 336 365-0692
Commissioner Katie “Kay” S. Cashion 336 274-6272
Commissioner Carolyn Q. Coleman 336 202-0316
Commissioner Carly Cooke 336 580-6813
Commissioner Mary Beth Murphy 336 604-9647
Commissioner James Upchurch 336 690-9570
Then, follow up your call with an editable, pre-written message to the Commissioners.
Email the Commissioners using this block of “cut and paste” email addresses:
Stop Efforts to Criminalize the Law-Abiding by Prohibiting the Lawful Discharge of Firearms on Private Property in Guilford County
As a supporter of Gun Owners of America, I urge you to not restrict shooting on private property in Guilford County.
Such an action would be a violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and would violate private property rights of every landowner in Guilford County. I am not sure the Commission has fully considered the ramifications of such an act, and I am not sure the act is even legal under State and Federal Law.
After a year with record breaking gun sales, gun owners new and old need all available opportunities to safely and responsibly exercise their right to keep and bear arms.
Instead of proposing solutions in search of problems, GOA urges the commission to remember its responsibility to adhere to both private property rights and Constitutional Rights, and to uphold the God-given rights of its citizens.