North Carolina Representatives Jones; Holloway; R. Brown; Millis; and co-sponsors J. Bell; Brody; B. Brown; Collins; Conrad; Jordan; Moffitt; introduced a bill to protect North Carolina manufactured firearms, firearm accessory, or ammunition. Firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which remains within the borders of North Carolina is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce.
HOUSE BILL 518 states that:
A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in North Carolina and that remains exclusively within the borders of North Carolina is not subject to federal law, federal taxation, or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the North Carolina General Assembly that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce.
Furthermore, it states that:
The authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition made within North Carolina borders from those materials. Firearms accessories that are imported into North Carolina from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because the firearm accessory is attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in North Carolina.
The bill goes on the thoroughly describe materials and manufacturing of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately its sale and the rules and regulations of North Carolina. But the main crux of the bill is that if it is manufactured, sold and remains within the borders of North Carolina it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government’s Interstate Commerce clause.
HOUSE BILL 518 makes it a misdemeanor for public officials and dealers who “enforces or attempts to enforce any order, law, rule, or regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in North Carolina”.
And finally, the State Attorney General “may defend a citizen of North Carolina who is prosecuted by the United States government for violation of a federal law relating to the manufacture, sale, transfer, or possession of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured.”
I would propose that the North Carolina Legislature make a one-word change that would go a long way to ensuring that the citizens are not put in a difficult position of requiring that they obey state law by violating a federal “law”. That one word change would be “shall” defend them instead of “may” defend them.
The state is to quote Madison “duty bound” to defend its citizens from unconstitutional actions of the federal government, if they don’t they have renounced their sovereignty.
ACTION ITEMS for House Bill 518
1. Contact the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Politely request that he schedule a hearing and vote on H518. Encourage him to vote YES to protect your right to keep and bear arms.
Contact information here: Leo Daughtry 919-733-5605 Leo.Daughtry@ncleg.net
2. Contact the members of the committee. Strongly, but respectfully, let each of them know you want to see a YES vote on H518. Let the committee members know that this is not just a bill to protect firearms in the State of North Carolina. This is also a bill that encourages jobs in manufacturing firearms. Passing this bill can encourage those companies seeking a refuge out of states with oppressive legislation. Tell them to vote YES on H518.
Rep. Adams 919-733-5902 Alma.Adams@ncleg.net
Rep. Arp 919-715-3007 Dean.Arp@ncleg.net
Rep. Baskerville 919-733-5824 Nathan.Baskerville@ncleg.net
Rep. J. Bell 919-715-3017 John.Bell@ncleg.net
Rep. Blackwell 919-733-5805 Hugh.Blackwell@ncleg.net
Rep. Brandon 919-733-5825 Marcus.Brandon@ncleg.net
Rep. R. Brown 919-715-0873 Rayne.Brown@ncleg.net
Rep. Bryan 919-733-5607 Rob.Bryan@ncleg.net
Rep. Burr 919-733-5908 Justin.Burr@ncleg.net
Rep. Cleveland 919-715-6707 George.Cleveland@ncleg.net
Rep. Conrad 919-733-5787Debra.Conrad@ncleg.net
Rep. Davis 919-733-5786 Ted.Davis@ncleg.net
Rep. Faircloth 919-733-5877John.Faircloth@ncleg.net
Rep. Farmer-Butterfield 919-733-5898 Jean.Farmer-Butterfield@ncleg.net
Rep. Foushee 919-715-3019 Valerie.Foushee@ncleg.net
Rep. Glazier 919-733-5601 Rick.Glazier@ncleg.net
Rep. L. Hall 919-733-5872 Larry.Hall@ncleg.net
Rep. Hardister 919-733-5191 Jon.Hardister@ncleg.net
Rep. Harrison 919-733-5771 Pricey.Harrison@ncleg.net
Rep. Horn 919-733-2406 Craig.Horn@ncleg.net
Rep. Howard 919-733-5904 Julia.Howard@ncleg.net
Rep. Hurley 919-733-5865 Pat.Hurley@ncleg.net
Rep. Insko 919-733-7208 Verla.Insko@ncleg.net
Rep. Jackson 919-733-5974 Darren.Jackson@ncleg.net
Rep. McNeill 919-715-4946 Allen.McNeill@ncleg.net
Rep. Michaux 919-715-2528 Mickey.Michaux@ncleg.net
Rep. Mobley 919-733-5780 Annie.Mobley@ncleg.net
Rep. Queen 919-715-3005 Joe.Queen@ncleg.net
Rep. Ramsey 919-733-5746 Nathan.Ramsey@ncleg.net
Rep. Richardson 919-715-3032 Bobbie.Richardson@ncleg.net
Rep. D. Ross 919-733-5773 Deborah.Ross@ncleg.net
Rep. S. Ross 919-733-5820 Stephen.Ross@ncleg.net
Rep. Saine 919-733-5782 Jason.Saine@ncleg.net
Rep. Schaffer 919-733-5886 Jacqueline.Schaffer@ncleg.net
Rep. Stam 919-733-2962 Paul.Stam@ncleg.net
Rep. Steinburg 919-733-0010 Bob.Steinburg@ncleg.net
Rep. Turner 919-733-5661 Rena.Turner@ncleg.net
3. Get active on Facebook. Join the 2nd Amendment Preservation Group for North Carolina. http://www.facebook.com/groups/2ndAmendmentNorthCarolina/