North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland are all under an official state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Earl. In North Carolina, residents no longer have the right to carry a gun. “This highlights exactly why we needed to file a lawsuit against North Carolina’s Emergency powers,” Paul Valone of Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) told TTAG. “With the stroke of a pen, the governor can abridge the Second Amendment rights of all citizens—at the exact moment when they may need them the most.” According to the GRNC, “Since 2004, at least 12 states of emergency have been declared, especially in the state’s hurricane-prone coastal areas.” And then there was the time when it snowed . . .
In February King, NC declared a state of emergency for impending snowfall [hence that fact that the city’s been named in the suit], posting signs prohibiting the carriage and sale of firearms and ammunition, infringing upon its citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
As the post-Katrina gun grab shows, these are not “blue laws” sitting on the books for no particular reason. We’ll see what happens after the storm subsides.
[Click here for a pdf of the complaint against NC looking to strike down the firearms provisions of its Emergency Powers laws. Click here to read Paul Valone’s article on the subject for the Washington Examiner.]