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North Carolinians Arming Themselves:A Balanced Un-Biased Article

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Duke Junior, Oct 11, 2008.

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  1. Duke Junior

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    State law allows people to arm themselves with handguns

    http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20081010/ARTICLES/810100248?Title=State_law_allows_people_to_arm_themselves_with_handguns

    By Jim Ware
    Night Editor

    Published: Friday, October 10, 2008 at 2:13 p.m.

    Newlyweds David Hall and Krista King of Wilmington are among thousands of people in Southeastern North Carolina arming themselves with handguns for protection and doing it legally.

    From Dec. 1, 1995, when it became legal to carry a concealed handgun in the state, until July 31 of this year, sheriff’s offices in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties received 8,167 permit applications. The state total was 225,762 for the same time period.

    The purpose of the law that allows North Carolinians to carry concealed handguns is to deter crime, said Richard White, a former Boiling Spring Lakes police chief and current investigator with the New Hanover County Public Defender’s Office.

    “I’m a firm believer in it because it is a deterrent to crime,” White said of the law.

    He cited a 1996 study by two University of Chicago economics professors showing that “allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes, without increasing accidental deaths.”

    Furthermore, the authors of the study – John R. Lott Jr. and David B. Mustard – say the data shows 1,500 murders would have been avoided each year if states without right-to-carry concealed gun laws had adopted them in 1992.

    The study that looked at data for U.S. counties from 1977 to 1992 also found “that concealed handguns are the most cost-effective method of reducing crime thus far analyzed by economists, providing a higher return than increased law enforcement or incarceration, other private security devices, or social programs like early educational intervention,” Lott and Mustard wrote.

    While the U.S. Supreme Court this year affirmed the right of citizens to keep guns in their homes for protection, a Centers for Disease Control study concluded that in homes where guns are present, the likelihood that someone in the home will die from suicide or homicide is much greater.

    White, who grew up in Boone, said he was 18 or 19 years old before he fired a handgun. He was a military policeman in the Air Force, where he became a handgun expert while competing on the rifle and pistol team. While he was police chief in Boiling Spring Lakes, one of White’s officers – Mitch Prince – was shot to death with his own weapon during a 2005 traffic stop.

    White has said he wants to make sure that people who have guns know how to use them safely and legally, and that people who shouldn’t own guns can’t get them easily. He teaches classes – on his own and through Cape Fear Community College – for people who want to apply for permits to carry concealed handguns.

    Hall and King, both college students, took one of White’s classes in June. They received a certificate which allows them to apply to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office for a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The fee is $80, plus $10 for fingerprinting, to apply for the permit, White said. It costs $85 to renew the permits, which also allow holders to buy handguns.

    Hall, 21, said he bought his Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun from a relative soon after his 21st birthday. He said he got the gun out of concern for personal safety while traveling or in his apartment complex home, and King wanted protection when arriving home at night.

    Hall said the permit will allow him to carry his handgun for other reasons, too.

    “I enjoy shooting. I want to be legal carrying my gun around,” he said. “I’d much rather have it on me than leave it in the car.”

    Having a permit to carry a concealed handgun in North Carolina doesn’t mean a person can carry his or her weapon anywhere, White said.

    For example, a permit holder can carry a concealed handgun in a grocery store but not in a bank. A violation of that part of the law could result in a misdemeanor charge, White said. It also is OK to carry a concealed handgun in a mall, but not in a restaurant that serves liquor, he said.

    The big no-no is carrying a concealed handgun on educational properties, such as schools, White said, because that could result in a felony charge. The definition of educational properties is so broad it could include churches or hospitals, especially those that house schools or classrooms.

    And having a concealed carry permit doesn’t give the holder a license to shoot and kill another person, even if that person is committing a crime, White said. Also, North Carolina law does not allow private citizens to arrest anyone, he said.

    Hall said since taking White’s class he would think twice about using his handgun.

    “Just because you’ve got a gun on you doesn’t mean you have to use it. Just because you’ve got a gun on you doesn’t mean you get out and save the day,” Hall said.

    Jim Ware: 343-2387

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  2. James T Thomas

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    The Truth and Nothing But

    Duke J and Friends:

    We "citizens" will not be truly "free" while the government "permits" us to bear arms.

    The same principle holds for the firearm registration scheme.

    To be continued on appropriate forum....
     
  3. Duke Junior

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    Whatever that means!:D
    I hope I am still your "friend".
    I'm a 2A absolutist to the core.But reality bites.
    One recovering step at a time.
    Dr.Bob and Bill Wilson would concur.;)
     
  4. Eyesac

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    Good story...
     
  5. TallPine

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    That's right - people that "shouldn't have guns" ought to have to break in and steal them instead of just buying them at a store. ;)
     
  6. 3KillerBs

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    DH and I kept it from being a round number. :D
     
  7. FiREhAwk

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    6 months ago it was a pita for me to get a ccw permit through Brunswick county, but it could of had to do with all the sheriff Hewett stuff going down. Hopefully its much easier and quicker now.
     
  8. rojocorsa

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    You'd never see that on the San Fran Chronicle, the LA Times or the NY Times.
     
  9. Duke Junior

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    No sir,you will not in your lifetime!
     
  10. BruceRDucer

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    [Carry on, Duke Jr. Any friend of Bill W. would appreciate ya.]:)

    What I find interesting about such articles, is that they address only handguns, if my cursory reading is accurate.

    While that is of interest, it would be relevent to write about the number of non-handgun buyers who are also purchasing Rifles & Shotguns to keep in their homes.

    I suspect the numbers are growing also.

    :)
     
  11. Mike J

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    At least it is a positive article. Thanks for posting Duke Jr.. Good to see friends of Bill W.
     
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