State of emergency causes firearms firestorm in N.C.

By William R. Toler

North Carolina gun owners beware. If you get caught with a weapon during a declared state of emergency, you could be a criminal.

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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  1. My thoughts on guns are really complicated and I am sure not popular on this site! I am coming around to a less black-and-white opinion, but I think I need to study more before I articulate it. Can anyone recommend FACTUAL BOOKS, not opinion screeds, that might inform me here? I’ve read the constitution, and don’t read it like SCOTUS or my friends here. But admit I need to learn more.

  2. Richard

    Nina: look at the web site Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Gun Owners of America both have a lot of good info. Books: The Politics of Gun Control by Robert J. Spitzer. It will be a good start.

    Now to King, NC: it SNOWED, 6 inches! there were no riots, no civil disorders. What is wrong with these people?? This was a test of the system, to see if they could get away with it, do it on a small scale, in a small town, with no REAL problem, they have done their job. Look what happened in New Orleans when the US Military, the Mexican military and Blackwater people went door to door collecting weapons, BY FORCE, if you said no, you were arrested. Most of those people have not gotten their weapons back.

    We had 8 inches of snow in Burke County, NC and no martial law was imposed. STRANGE???

  3. Ryan

    Wow, this just blows my mind. I wonder, does that ban include people with concealed-carry permits?

  4. Richard

    It included all civilians with weapons. The only ones excluded were those that carry the badge.

  5. JakeThom

    What do you mean no riots? Anytime it snows from 1/2 inch or more there is a stampede on bread and milk at the store. Come on, now. :)

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