That’s what the people of King in Stokes County had to learn the hard way during a winter storm that passed through the area earlier this month.
According to WXII-TV, “Residents in King were fumed over the weekend after a state of emergency declaration restricted the sale of alcohol and the carrying of firearms in vehicles.”
The authorization for the authoratative act comes from state statute 14-228.7 which reads “it is unlawful for any person to transport or possess off his own premises any dangerous weapon or substance in any area…In which a declared state of emergency exists; or…Within the immediate vicinity of which a riot is occurring.”
There is an exception, for law enforcement of course. “This section does not apply to persons exempted from the provisions of G.S. 14-269 with respect to any activities lawfully engaged in while carrying out their duties.”
The statute goes on to read that anyone “who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.”
News of this unknown provision gave rise to complaints and even threats according to King Police Chief Paula May. She told WXII-TV, “”I think there’s been some misinterpretation that I personally have declared martial law and taken away people’s right to bear arms and that’s erroneous.”
May added that when the statute went into effect, because of the emergency declaration, it “prohibits the transportation, purchase, sale and possession of firearms other than on one’s own premises.”
This story was more than likley glossed over by the mainstream media, but created a firestorm among the liberty-concious alternative media, including World Net Daily and Alex Jones’ Infowars. Other “right-wing” blogs and Web sites have weighed in.
Is this not a blatant violation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, as well as Article 1, Section 5 of the state constitution?
One comment on the station’s Web site read: “This has to be the most ridiculous event of the century!!!!! This is the ultimate denial of liberties for the most asinine reason…bad weather!!!”
Even one of my co-workers queried, “During a state of emergency…isn’t that when you should have a gun?”
This is just one of the many unconstitutional firearms statutes across the country. Maybe one day, enough people will be educated enough to get them repealed.
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