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Arrogance abounds in the halls of North Carolina Legislature. All citizens are special, but according to SB 141(pdf) – some are “more special” than others

State lawmakers last week introduced a bill that would allow North Carolina district attorneys, assistant DAs and investigators to carry concealed weapons while on official business. Sen. Debbie Clary, R-Cleveland, said some prosecutors fear falling victim to violence.

“They want the right to protect themselves,” said Clary, a co-sponsor of the bill. “They have a very dangerous job just as all of our law enforcement does.”

Partial Text:

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT ANY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ASSISTANT DISTRICT
ATTORNEY, OR INVESTIGATOR EMPLOYED BY THE OFFICE OF A DISTRICT
ATTORNEY WHO EITHER HAS A CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT THAT IS
VALID IN NORTH CAROLINA OR WHO HAS BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT
TRAINING CERTIFICATION IN NORTH CAROLINA IS EXEMPT FROM THE
GENERAL PROHIBITION AGAINST CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON AND
FROM THE PROHIBITIONS AGAINST CARRYING A WEAPON ON CERTAIN
PREMISES OR IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

Here is an interesting question to ask the Sponsor(s) of SB 141 – why can’t Defense Attorneys be granted this special status along with Government Employees?

Senator Tom Apodaca

Senator Wesley Meredith

What about this curious little quote from one of the Co-Sponsors Senator Clary :

Police and prosecutors deserve expanded concealed carry rights because of the dangers they face in their dealings with the criminal justice system, Clary said, explaining that she wouldn’t support such rights for private workers such as restaurant servers or truck drivers.

Really – such certitude could only issue from the mouth of an elitist!

Maybe residents of North Carolina should ask the Judiciary II Committee (where SB 141 has been shuffled off to be heard) what their opinion is. After all, being a Legislator is not even contained within the “most dangerous jobs” in America, but Truck Driver is (see slide #17 of slide show).

According to 2009 Crime Statistics in North Carolina for Robberies (excluding Residences), 10,226 Robberies were committed. Over 25,000 cases of Aggravated Assault were reported as well.  Don’t those thousands of people deserve the same right as Government Workers?

I suppose Senator Clary would take  exception with the sentiment of Nelson Mandela because when one is already provided protection at Taxpayers expense, well we can’t have just anyone carrying around a concealed weapon now can we?

Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets. April 27, 1995

If you are a resident of North Carolina and support Gun Rights for all citizens, why not contact your Senator. Ask them to expand SB 141 to cover everyone without creating “privileges” for those deemed more important or to withdraw this “special protection bill”.