Standing Firm

In recent months, GRNC has spent plenty of time beating on Republican leaders for failing to "dance with the ones that brought them," namely failure to move gun legislation after gun owners came out strong in the 2012 elections.

Perhaps that message got through: On Monday and Tuesday, Republicans stood firm in defending House Bill 937, "Amend Various Gun Laws," against an onslaught of anti-gun amendments proposed by Reps. Darren Jackson (D-Wake, GRNC 0-star), Paul Leubke (D-Durham, 0-star), Verla Insko (D-Orange, 0-star), Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford, 0-star) and others. Thanks are due in particular to Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg, ****) and Rules Chair Tim Moore (R-Cleveland, ****).

As weakening amendment after weakening amendment was introduced, Rep. Tim ("The Hammer") Moore and Rep. Justin Burr (R-Montgomery, Stanly, ****) shot them down with motions "lay the amendments on the table." But for their efforts, North Carolina gun owners could have been saddled not only with weakening amendments to the original bill, but also to exactly the sort of universal gun registration and standard capacity magazine bans you just defeated at a federal level.

Rep. "Yellow Star" Jackson, who previously tried to brand gun owners by their drivers' licenses much as Nazi's put Yellow Stars on those bound for concentration camps, was particularly relentless, earning GRNC-PVF's special attention in future elections.

Eloquent defense of gun owners was also given by Reps. John Blust (R-Guilford, ****), Bert Jones (R-Caswell, Rockingham, ****), Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus, ****), John Faircloth (R-Guilford, ****) and others. It should be noted that Tillis ran a tight ship, ruling for early termination of "surprise" amendments not previously submitted to legislators for review.

What Next?

HB 937 now heads for the Senate, where it will undoubtedly find an equally rocky path. In addition to UNC opposition, campus carry is one thing Senate leadership has not signed off on. Your input to Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Guilford, Rockingham. ****) will be necessary to move the bill.


•    CONTACT SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM PHIL BERGER: Let him know that now that the House has gotten the ball rolling, you expect the Senate to pick it up THIS YEAR. We will not again stand by for "next year," as in 2011-12, at which point the chamber said, "Well, we really can't do this in an election year." Email Berger at:

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