A recent email blast from Progress NC, a left-leaning policy organization, is admonishing Republicans for supposedly trying to eliminate one of the “few decent gun safety laws” left after years of expanding gun rights in the state.
Specifically the email is targeting HB746, saying that the bill would remove the requirement to have a background check to purchase a handgun.
But the facts are far different.
The bill in question, HB746, does not make a single change to how any firearms are purchased in the state, much less handguns.
The email, penned by Progress NC Communications Director Logan Smith, says that after voting to allow guns on school campuses and in bars, the legislature is taking aim at eliminating the requirement that anyone buying a handgun undergo a background check, a step purportedly taken with its latest piece of legislation,HB746.
The only problem is that the gun bill doesn’t include any language that would have any effect on the purchasing of any guns, much less handguns.
The omnibus gun bill moving through the legislature does many things, from installing constitutional carry to allowing concealed carry outside of school hours at houses of worship that operate schools , but the bill has no language regarding the purchasing of handguns.
It can only be assumed that the anti-gun zealots over at Progress NC forgot to bring along their reading glasses when HB746 made its way through committee and onto the House calendar last week.
But looking outside of the total fabrication of the issue by Progress NC, there have been calls to adjust the way handguns are purchased in the state in recent years by ridding the state of the antiquated, Jim Crow era, Pistol Purchase Permit (PPP) law and treat handguns just like other firearms, and require purchasers at gun stores, and gun shows as well, go through the federal instant background check system to complete a firearm sale.
The email reads, “By conducting background checks before handgun purchases, law enforcement agencies make sure criminals and people with a history of domestic violence or mental illness aren’t able to get their hands on a gun. But Republicans want to take away one of the few common-sense gun safety protections we have left.”
But the assertion that law enforcement officials will have no hand in the handgun purchasing process is a untrue, as the federal system is comprised of local and federal law enforcement agencies pooling together information to give an immediate go or no-go for anyone trying to purchase a firearm from any gun dealer in any part of the United States.
The National Instant Background Check System, or NICS, was built to ensure that those who were not qualified to own a firearm were not able to purchase one.
In contrast, the Pistol Purchase Permit system was put in place back in the segregation era to make sure that African Americans couldn’t purchase handguns to defend themselves.
So while the argument is not based wholly on a fabrication, it is built on a lie that without the PPP system handguns will be for sale sans background check.
This is part of a myth, ever-popular among uninformed gun control advocates, that there is a “gun show loophole.” With this myth, the anti-gun crown loves to demonize what is essentially a trade show for gun enthusiasts by making it out to be some giant arms deal where people are buying guns anonymously without any oversight … at the State Fairgrounds.
Think through that really quick: The state is allowing unfettered gun sales, al a War Dogs, or Lord of War, on state property.
The only hole here is the hole in the head of the anti-gun zealots who think that state and federal laws applying to gun sales through dealers would apply everywhere in the state from Murphy to Manteo but not at the State Fairgrounds in the state capital.
A gun show is basically like a boat show, dealers and retailers show up to sell their wares and just because you buy a boat at the boat show doesn’t mean you don’t owe taxes in your Grady-White, or that you don’t have to get your registration sticker for it.
Buying a gun from a dealer at a gun show is legally exactly the same as buying it from a brick and mortar gun store.
The gun show loophole in truth refers to the private selling of firearms between private citizens, which has always been done without a background check, mostly because private citizens are not allowed access to the NICS system, so gun control advocates, if you favor universal background checks, why not lobby to give private citizens the access to that simple yes or no background check system?
That is, if you are really looking to help at all.
Matt Caulder discusses this topic with Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca on the What Matters in North Carolina show here: http://freedomactionnetwork.com/what-matters-francis-de-luca-and-matt-caulder-discuss-hb746/