It’s a sad commentary that such action would even be necessary, but the folks at North Carolinians Against Gun Violence have launched a petition in which they call on caring and thinking people to join them in opposing legislation that would force deadly weapons into even more hands and safe places than they’re already allowed in our gun-crazy state.
Here’s the text:
Dear North Carolina General Assembly and Governor,
The undersigned North Carolinians voice their strong opposition to provisions in HB 562 that put residents of our our state in grave danger by expanding the kinds of places where guns are allowed and removing the pistol permitting system.
The pistol permitting system has been North Carolina’s solution to a federal exemption that allows private dealers to sell a gun without performing a background check. We are one of 17 states that have require all dealers, including private ones, to perform a background check. In states like ours that require background checks for private handgun sales:
- 46 percent fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners
- There are 48 percent fewer firearm suicides, while the rates of suicide methods are nearly identical
- There are 17 percent fewer firearm aggravated assaults
- 48 percent fewer law enforcement are shot to death with handguns
By eliminating this successful permitting system, requiring arduous requirements for gun free signs, requiring employers to allow employees to secure a handgun in their vehicle at work, allowing concealed carry by people who are in locked cars at schools, and allowing guns at the N.C. State Fair everywhere but on rides, this bill makes our state less safe for all of us.
We urge you to oppose these provisions.