North Carolina's Second Amendment Sanctuaries Roll on Towards The Atlantic

Cherokee County May Have Started This Trend Last Year, but It Didn't End There

Published Monday, January 20, 2020 5:30 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by Gun Rights Watch - Chief Editor

North Carolina Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties, 2020

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What started as a slow trickle has recently picked up steam and Second Amendment Sanctuaries are now marching across North Carolina. Repeated threats of gun control bills have made the locals act, as Sheriffs and Commissioners make a stand. The citizens, seeing what has happened in Virginia, are pushing their counties to action.

The Current State of Gun Control Efforts In North Carolina

In 2019, the chief concern for North Carolinians against gun control rested mainly on two fronts:

  • House Bill 86: This bill would institute a 72-hour waiting period before a buyer could take their new gun home. It would also restrict anyone under the age of 21 from owning what anti-gun legislators refer to as 'assault-style' weapons (semi-automatic rifles). Other restrictions in the bill involve requiring gun owners to buy firearm liability insurance, reducing the reciprocity of concealed carry permits with other states, and banning trigger cranks and bump stocks, which are already illegal since last year.
    - likely dead, after a refusal by the Republican majority to hear the bill in committee
  • House Bill 454: This is a typical Red Flag bill, similar to what we've seen get passed in several states lately. Florida is currently awash in red flag confiscations, spurring its own spate of Second Amendment Sanctuaries.
    - also likely dead for the same reason
  • House Bill 456: This bill would have required a permit to be granted by the state in order to purchase a long gun or any so-called 'assault weapon'.
    - also likely dead for the same reason

Other proposed gun control bills in the state included:

  • HB 842 sought to require registration for all semiautomatic rifles and the reporting of any missing firearms.
  • HB 815 would have set limits on how firearms and other weapons could be stored in vehicles.

May 9th, 2019 was the deadline for all 5 of these bills to pass from the House to the Senate and all 5 were stopped.

Unsurprisingly, Democrats aren't taking no for an answer and are still trying to push every one of these bills. With nothing left to lose, they're even trying to re-introduce these bills under different names — such as the case with H976 and S734 — Red Flag bills, introduced this time in both the House and the Senate at the same time.

Inspired by the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement currently underway in Virginia and elsewhere, North Carolinians in droves are also rebelling against totalitarian overreach and passing their own resolutions in county after county. Here's the list so far:

Municipalities That Passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution:

  1. Cherokee County - passed resolution March 5th, 2019
  2. Rutherford County - passed resolution July 1st, 2019
  3. Clay County - passed resolution November 26th, 2019
  4. Cleveland County - passed resolution December 3rd, 2019
  5. Surry County - passed resolution January 6th, 2020
  6. Lincoln County - passed resolution January 6th, 2020
  7. Wikes County - passed resolution January 7th, 2020
  8. Stokes County - passed resolution January 13th, 2020
  9. Rowan County - passed resolution January 13th, 2020
  10. McDowell County - passed resolution January 13th, 2020
  11. Davidson County - passed resolution January 14th, 2020; sheriff refuses to confiscate guns
  12. Beaufort County - passed resolution January 14th, 2020
  13. Union County - passed resolution January 21st, 2020
  14. Ashe County - passed resolution January 21st, 2020
  15. Wayne County - passed resolution January 21st, 2020
  16. Stanly County - passed resolution January 21st, 2020; sheriff refuses to confiscate guns
  17. Cabarrus County - passed resolution January 21st, 2020
  18. Catawba County - passed resolution January 21st, 2020
  19. Currituck County - passed resolution January 21st, 2020
  20. Yadkin County - passed resolution January 21st, 2020

Municipalities That Passed A More Generic Second Amendment Resolution:
(light green)

Municipalities Having a Hearing or Confirmed To Be Voting Soon:

  • Alexander County - voting February 3rd
  • Randolph County - voting February 3rd
  • Iredell County - first meeting January 21st; voting February 4th
  • Gaston County - voting January 28th
  • Alexander County - meeting or voting February 3rd
  • Caldwell County - meeting or voting February 3rd (comment in Jan 8th post at link)
  • Rockingham County - meeting or voting February 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Commissioners Chambers, Governmental Center, 371 NC Highway 65 in Wentworth
  • Macon County - discussed it at January 14th meeting; meeting or voting February 10th
  • Davie County - voting February 3rd at 6:00 pm
  • Johnston County - meeting or voting February 3rd
  • Haywood County - first meeting January 21st; no decision; awaiting word on another meeting

Other Counties Or Cities That Have Efforts To Get A Hearing Or Vote Soon:

Map updates and list updates are not done at the same time, so any differences between them are most likely for that reason.