Once upon a time our current Democrat Attorney General, Roy Cooper, co-wrote a lengthy book on North Carolina firearm laws. That ponderous tome contains this little nugget:
“It is also a misdemeanor under North Carolina law for a person to transport or possess, off his or her own premises, a dangerous weapon in an area during a declared state of emergency, or in the vicinity of a riot. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-288.7 A concealed handgun permit does not allow a permittee to carry a weapon in these areas. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-415.11(c)”
While the ban on carrying a weapon during a declared state of emergency has been on the books of the State of North Carolina since the dark days of the late 1960's, Roy Cooper was a full supporter. He was a named defendant in Bateman v. Perdue, in which the state of emergency ban went down in flames.
Recently an unnamed staffer gutted an existing bill, HB469, which was originally an update to North Carolina's mechanic's lien statutes and replaced it with text much like the struck down emergency powers gun ban. The original bill had been voted on and passed by the NC House. After the change in wording the bill was submitted to the NC Senate Judiciary committee.
That would take someone in a unique position in order to pull something like that off.
Someone with enough legal education to re-write legislation. Someone on the staff of the Judiciary committee chair. Someone once picked by a Democrat Attorney General to pursue cases as he would. Someone with means, motive and opportunity.
Requests to State Senator Brunstetter to identify the staffer in question have gone unanswered. So Mark of a Free Man and I did a little digging and guess what we think?
We think that if there was a person, say a person on the staff of State Senator Peter Brunstetter...
And who was listed as counsel to the Judiciary Committe 1 chair...
...then we think someone from the press or the NC Legislature's ethics committee ought to have a chat with Lori A. Kroll, esq.