The Wake County Sheriff’s Office will suspend pistol and concealed-carry permit applications until April 30 as demand rises during the Wuhan virus outbreak, Sheriff Gerald Baker said on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
Applications that were previously submitted will continue to be processed, Baker announced during a press briefing.
Last week, the number of pistol permit applications averaged 290 on a daily basis. This represented more than triple the approximately 90 applications filed per day during the same time period in 2019, officials reported.
Elected officials described the sheriff’s action as “reckless.”
In a statement, Republican Senators Warren Daniel and Danny Britt demanded that Baker revoke his order.
“State law requires sheriffs to approve or reject a pistol permit within 14 days,” they wrote.
“Sheriff Baker must immediately rescind his illegal decision to halt sale of pistols in Wake County,” they added.
If Baker doesn’t change his actions, they said they would get their legislative colleagues to compel him to change his policy.
“People are already suspicious and on edge,” they stated. “It’s reckless to illegally suspend their Second Amendment rights just when they need assurance that they can trust government.”
Baker claims that his office needs time to sort out the overload of permit applications.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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