State of North Carolina Archives: on Gun Control

Sandy Smith: Absolute right to gun ownership

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Absolute right to gun ownership"?

A: Strongly Support, shall not be infringed!

Source: interview of 2020 N.C. Senate candidates Jul 21, 2019

Paul Wright: Right to bear arms is an ancient right

Keep outlawing guns & eventually only outlaws will have guns. Our Senate must quit tampering with this right, causing unrest among the people, who are constantly having to lobby to keep their rights to bear arms. The "right of the people to keep and bear arms" is an ancient right placed in the 2nd Amendment for self & family-defense and for protection from a totalitarian takeover of the nation, as occurs in lands where the people are first disarmed by their government.
Source: 2016 Campaign website for N.C. Senate, Nov 11, 2015

Alma Adams: Start by having some common sense gun laws

We must do more to combat rising crime rates in America. It starts by having some common sense gun laws.

Gun control legislation is essential to fighting crime, protecting our citizens, and reducing dangers our law enforcement face each day. Congress needs to ban certain high powered assault weapons, close the gun show loophole, require background checks for purchases of firearms, and improve the tracking of firearms in our country.

Source: 2014 N.C. House campaign website, Aug 31, 2014

Thom Tillis: Concealed carry permits for state parking lots

Tillis voted YEA on HB 937: Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms in Certain Public Places. Bill Passed House, 78-42.

Prohibition does not apply to a person who has a concealed handgun permit; has a concealed handgun permit considered valid under G.S. 14-415.24, or is exempt from obtaining a permit; provided the weapon is a handgun, is in a closed compartment or container within the person's locked vehicle, and the vehicle is in a parking area that is owned or leased by State government .

Source: N.C. House voting records (Votesmart 2013-2014 synopses) May 7, 2013

Roy Cooper: Allow concealed carry; but also maintain gun restrictions

Source: N.C. Legislative 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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