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GOP lawmakers introduce “Wild, Wild West” gun bill, new anti-choice proposal

There’s more evidence this morning that conservative North Carolina lawmakers have little interest in backing off of their hard right agenda. Two new bills introduced yesterday at the General Assembly make this clear.

House Bill 69 is what one might properly term the “Wild, Wild, West Act.” It would establish it as the default position in North Carolina law that anyone 18 years of age or older can carry a loaded, concealed weapon wherever and whenever they feel like it without a permit. There are limitations with respect to carrying guns on posted private property and a few other circumstances, but basically the idea is simple: North Carolina would become like Dodge City of the 19th Century. What could possibly go wrong?

Meanwhile, in keeping with the Right’s agenda to interfere with the most personal decisions of women, House Bill 62 would force doctors to take steps to talk women out of obtaining an abortion before and after providing a drug used to induce abortions. You really can’t make this stuff up.

Bottom line: The rumor that the 2017 legislative session was going to be one in which the hard right dialed back on the pursuit of its agenda to roll back the 20th Century appears to have been only that — an unfounded rumor.

4 Comments


  1. Armatus Rebellio

    February 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

    “Wild, Wild, West Act.”
    Cute.
    They can die for your country but not defend themselves at home.
    Do you really think, given the record or permitless carry in other states, that North Carolina is home to all the deranged killers that would otherwise obey a carry restriction?

  2. Armatus Rebellio

    February 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    NH is next for constitutional carry.
    Kansas is on their way.

  3. Alan

    February 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Every time there’s an article on guns on this forum, it sure does bring out the nuts, doesn’t it?

  4. TLE-NC

    February 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    The wild, wild West was promised in every state when concealed carry bills were introduced– hasn’t happened ANYWHERE, (including out West) in over 25 years.

    Not “anyone” would be allowed to carry without a permit. The usual felonious amongst us are banned just as they are today. Guess what? Those with mischief in mind carry now, you just don’t know about it until it’s too late and you need to defend yourself.

    Finally, there IS a permit. It’s the 2nd Amendment.

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