The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association has influence over North Carolina’s representatives than her people do.
On Tuesday, June 16, the North Carolina House of Representatives gave in to pressure from the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) and passed an amendment to House Bill 562, offered by state Representative Allen McNeill (R-78), on a vote of 77-38. As previously reported, the misguided McNeill Amendment removed the requirement that the outdated Pistol Purchase Permit (PPP) system be replaced with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Many representatives had previously voiced support for getting rid of the Jim Crow-era permits in favor of the more accurate FBI NICS checks. But, due to pressure from the Sheriff’s association that provision is no longer in the bill.
We’ve published information on how the permits are beneficial to Sheriff’s coffers and how dangerous they are to the public.
If you are actually interested in making sure that bad people don’t get guns, you must tell your state legislator to replace the 1930’s PPP system with the modern FBI NICS Check system most other states rely on for handgun purchases.