Ironically, as documented by The Charlotte Observer, the law sheriffs defend is letting untold numbers of felons bypass background checks to buy guns. Why? Because the untrackable slips of paper issued by sheriffs after background checks can't be repealed and are good for 5 years. Eliminating the system would mean that checks using the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) would be done at the point of sale.
In this case, the gun lobby wants us to believe the NICS is a much better option than allowing local law enforcement to check out prospective gun buyers from their own county. You know, people these sheriffs may have to personally deal with down the road. But in other cases, the NICS is a useless tool worthy of contempt:
At precisely the moment House Bill 111 for concealed carry in restaurants is languishing in the Senate Judiciary II Committee, a western North Carolina man is being prosecuted for carrying a firearm in violation of GS 14-269.3 – a place where “alcohol is sold and consumed” – EVEN THOUGH HE IS CLEARLY INNOCENT.
The author goes on to claim that he is not defending the man's actions, which is some comfort:
Organized by Grass Roots North Carolina* and sponsored by Tim D’Annunzio for Congress, GRNC’s ‘Second Amendment Symposium’ will now feature Alan Gura, Sen. Richard Burr, 8th
District Republican Tim D’Annunzio and Second Amendment Foundation president Joe Tartaro.
Senator Burr was elected to Congress in 1994 and to the U.S. Senate in 2004. His perfect 100% pro-gun voting record and long history of sponsoring Second Amendment legislation earned Grass Roots North Carolina’s highest 4-star evaluation. Most recently, Sen. Burr garnered national attention (and the wrath of the “Violence Policy Center”) by introducing the Veteran’s Second Amendment Protection Act.
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