Keep our Pistol Purchase Permit system – editorial

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and Grassroots North Carolina (GNRC) — are on the warpath again over North Carolina’s pistol purchase permit law. We say again because two years ago the two gun advocate organizations tried to repeal our state’s pistol permit law. They contend our system in place since 1919 — that’s been updated — is outdated and should be loosened.

They want North Carolina to replace its Pistol Purchase Permit system (PPP) with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that’s used by other states. It’s used in North Carolina now when one buys a shotgun or a rifle (long guns), but not handguns.

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association — Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck is president — and all but three sheriffs out of 100 across the state oppose this because they know it would most assuredly not be in our best interest!

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