Dear CCTA Members and Friends,
Back in June, the NC House passed HB-746, the Omnibus Gun Changes bill. This bill started out as a Constitutional carry bill, but there were not enough true conservatives in the House to pass it. However, much work was done in the House Republican Caucus, and this bill (HB-746) finally passed and was sent to the Senate. It is not as good as it once was, but, if passed, it WILL roll back some of the unconstitutional infringements that we’ve been living with.
What happened in the Senate?
Well, it passed the first reading and was referred to the Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee where it continues to languish today. If you look at that Committee on the General Assembly webpage at http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Committees/committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&sActionDetails=Senate+Standing_148, you will find that approximately 600 other bills are keeping it company there.
What is this all about?
That committee is being used as a graveyard for bills. However, some of them will probably be reported out and sent to the floor of the Senate and be voted on. Some will pass. Which ones? Well, it’s popular to say, “Follow the money; who stands to benefit from this and as a result is making donations to Senators’s coffers?” Historically, that has happened over and over again.
A new model may be emerging. That model might best be described as “Follow what the activists are working on.”
If enough of us call or email Senator Bill Rabon (Chairman of the Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee) and ask him to have his committee report HB-746 out so that it can be voted on, we could help make it happen. Grass Roots North Carolina is already working to get HB-746 passed. Let’s join them and write or call…
Senator Bill Rabon, Chairman, Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee
If you’re REALLY ambitions, you can scroll down the General Assembly webpage (see URL above) to where the committee members are listed, hover over each name, click and go to his or her info page, and call or write him or her, too!
Let’s get this done! Oh, and we might want to thank Representatives Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, Chris Millis, and Justin Burr the next time we see them. They are the primary sponsors of the bill.
Raynor James, Chairman, CCTA’s State Legislative Action Committee