A perplexing stance has the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association opposing House Bill 562. What’s peculiar about the opposition is that the measure would regularize Tarheel background checks to the standard accepted throughout the nation—NICS (National Instant Criminal Background System). HB 562 seeks to end an antiquated, county-by-county hodgepodge that’s nearly a century old.
We understand and respect local control. But it pays to remember that this is essentially “may-issue” from the bad old days: Sheriffs, using criteria they don’t have to articulate, can decide for their own reasons who is, and who isn’t, permitted a handgun—end of story.
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We’d argue it’s a mighty fine line between this and the denial of Second Amendment freedom altogether. North Carolinians can write their lawmakers here.