Should anyone in North Carolina be able to buy a handgun without undergoing any criminal background check? Apparently Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer thinks so.
The latest version of her bill to loosen North Carolina’s gun laws includes a provision that would repeal the requirement that handgun purchasers pass a background check. That provision was in the original bill she introduced, but she took it out of a version that passed a committee last week.
The latest version of the bill that will be heard before the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday morning has the absurd provision back in it, allowing virtually anyone who wants to buy handgun to get one with no background check at all.
The public clearly does not like this idea, as 87 percent of likely voters say they support background checks for all handgun sales.
The bill has plenty of other troubling provisions, like reducing the penalty for bringing a hidden and loaded handgun into a bar that explicitly bans them and restricting a medical professional’s ability to talk about firearms with patients—a proposal that the healthcare community is actively opposing as an infringement on the doctor patient relationship.
Schaffer doesn’t want doctors talking about guns and she doesn’t want sheriffs to be able to screen people who want to buy them either. Anything goes when it come to guns. That seems to the plan. Never mind public safety.