Letter to the Editor about National Mandatory Concealed Carry

1.10.17
To the Editor (of the News and Observer):

     Although legislators frequently express respect for law enforcement officers, some seem determined to make their jobs harder.  One such legislator is Rep. Richard Hudson, of Concord, NC, who recently introduced the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act 2017” to Congress. 

     This law exempts gun owners from following other states’ conceal carry permit laws when they travel outside their own states, as long as they abide by local laws. When encountering individuals from out of state carrying guns, law enforcement officers have no national database to ensure the individuals are permitted to conceal carry. 

      Some states have such lax laws for gun ownership that felons and individuals with a history of domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse are allowed to conceal carry.  

     As a citizen of North Carolina, I can influence my legislators to create common-sense gun laws.  But I have no influence on legislators in Texas, Vermont, and Florida, whose gun laws are more lax than North Carolina’s.  Why should I be forced to accept their statutes in my own state?  

     Introducing this legislation, Rep. Hudson has put the National Rifle Association and a small percentage of gun owners before the safety of law enforcement and his own constituents. 

     Mary Hood Hart

     Pittsboro 

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If he had lived in WA or CA those authorities could have petitioned a judge to have his guns removed based on his concerning behavior. We need these same protections everywhere!

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“Tragically, there are scores of other examples like these. To be sure, not all abusive men turn into killers; they are a minuscule percentage of the whole. But domestic violence is far too common, with 1 in 4 women expected to be a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.

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Arms and the Trump

The New York Times Opinion Section: "When a man at a Florida airport retrieves his luggage, takes out a gun and kills five people, the only part people are surprised about is that it happened at an airport.

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“Leave the background checks alone. We’ve been through a lot."

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Fort Lauderdale Shooting: 5 Things to Know Now

Questions about the Fort Lauderdale mass shooting?

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North Carolina cop’s 2-year-old finds her father’s gun on floor and shoots her mother

I am saddened that I have another story to post about an unsecured gun.  Lock up your guns!

“The two-year-old daughter of a police officer in Waxhaw, North Carolina shot her own mother after picking up her father’s gun after he left it in a bag on the floor.”

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NC lawmaker who advised Trump team wants to make traveling with a gun simpler

We strongly disagree with Rep. Hudson on this issue.  Many states do not have strong requirements for getting a concealed carry weapons permit that we have here in NC.  It totally undermines states rights.

“U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, made expanding national rights for gun owners his top priority on the first day of his third term in Congress.”

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Gun Violence Should Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis, Study Says

“Every year in the U.S., more than 30,000 people die from things related to guns.

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House Dem: Fines won’t stop me from speaking about gun violence

Awesome stuff from Congressman Eric Swalwell.

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“WILSON, N.C. -- Wilson County authorities say four people died in a shooting.

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