Gun limits in wake of snow storm
In the wake of the huge snow storm, the town of King, N.C., banned sale of alcohol, firearms, and ammo, and carrying of firearms . The alcohol ban was lifted in time for the Super Bowl. So far as I can see, no other jurisdiction (including DC's Maryland suburbs, Maryland not having very pro-gun statutes), did anything of the type.
UPDATE, Dave Workman, in the Seattle Gun Rights Examiner, points out it's actually mandatory under a State statute. Transporting a weapon off the owner's land, in an area declared under emergency, is a misdemeanor.
Florida has statutes (870.044 and 870.045) specifically allowing this type of thing. Whether or not they would stand up in court is another question, because someone has to have standing to sue first. Florida's law is specifically meant for use during riots and civil unrest, not during a generic "state of emergency" declaration.
I'd be willing to bet NC has something similar. Might be interesting to look into.
Posted by: Gregory Morris at February 8, 2010 09:29 AM
Beat the rush. Buy guns and ammo now. The stores are full of AR type rifles, and if you don't have one, now is the best time to buy an AR that I have seen in years.
And if you don't have an AR, who are you, Jim Zumbo?
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at February 8, 2010 10:24 AM
The ban is North Carolina state law. The town just published it to ban the sale of booze to keep the drunks home.
Blame the state.
Posted by: Crucis at February 8, 2010 01:52 PM
Who needs a dinky AR15. Buy something usefull like a HK91 or V51.
Or better for home defense Winchester 97 12ga.
Posted by: Dan Hamilton at February 8, 2010 04:31 PM
Didn't that new Federal law passed after Hurricane Katrina put paid to these types of statutes?
Posted by: SgtDad at February 8, 2010 06:34 PM
If Dave Workman is correct you wouldn't be allowed to come to your neighbor's aid, gun in hand, during a declared emergency. That makes a lot of sense!
Posted by: Jonathan at February 8, 2010 06:52 PM
I live on the coast in NC, where hurricanes are a fact of life. We have not had a huge looting problem yet, but will some day. So, just when our need for self-defense is highest, they disarm you. Yes, it's meant for riots and such. No, it doesn't specify. "State of emergency" is all it says. Everyone ignores it, which is great, until you run afoul of the wrong cop.
Posted by: Brerarnold at February 9, 2010 05:46 AM
And a misdemeanor can quickly become a felony when you drop the cop who tries to enforce it.
Posted by: straightarrow at February 9, 2010 02:40 PM