BELLEVUE, Wash., May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is alerting North Carolina gun owners that state lawmakers are attempting to pass a new "emergency powers" law that may be more restrictive than the one a federal judge just struck down.
House Bill 489, according to Grass Roots North Carolina, would enable cities to restrict firearms rights in the home in emergencies, something they never had the authority to do. Attorney Alan Gura, who represented GRNC and the Second Amendment Foundation in the recently-won federal lawsuit striking down the state's emergency power to regulate firearms in a declared emergency, says that anyone who tries to enforce a ban on guns under this new legislation would lose qualified immunity.
The legislation, now in the Senate Judiciary I committee, establishes "dangerous weapons restrictions in emergencies."
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said the new proposal suggests that North Carolina lawmakers responsible for this bill "either simply don't get it or they are determined to undermine a constitutionally-protected civil right no matter what a judge says."
"The federal court ruled against this sort of emergency regulation, but the legislature is turning around and trying to pass an even more restrictive law," he observed.
CCRKBA is urging firearms owners to contact their state senator to oppose the measure.
"Try to adopt bad legislation in an effort to replace a bad law that was struck down by a federal judge is not just bad policy," Gottlieb said, "it is an egregious abuse of legislative power.
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.
SOURCE Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms