Via E-mail, an alert reader tipped me off to this story out of King North Carolina:
Stokes County Emergency Services and King Police department have declared a State of Emergency in the county and a curfew in the city of King.
This official State of Emergency includes the following prohibitions:
3. NO FIREARMS: No sale or purchase of any type of firearm, ammunition, explosive, or any possession of such items is allowed off a person’s own premises. [underline and bold in original -ed]
Actually, the original article he pointed me to chronicled the lifting of the curfew and alcohol restrictions, while leaving the firearms restrictions in place, but I searched out the original announcement of the curfew for background.
The reader’s reaction and reason for sending it on to me was “How can this be legal?”
Several states have, since the Katrina gun confiscation fiasco, enacted laws protecting the rights of citizens to defend themselves during times of emergency.
North Carolina isn’t one of them.
North Carolina General Statutes, § 14‑288.12. Powers of municipalities to enact ordinances to deal with states of emergency, specifically permits localities to institute such restrictions on its citizens.
North Carolina Counties are also permitted to institute such restrictions through a companion section.
What’s more (and even worse in my mind), is that the ban on possessing firearms outside the home isn’t even necessary for localities to implement, it’s automatic:
§ 14‑288.7. Transporting dangerous weapon or substance during emergency; possessing off premises; exceptions.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is unlawful for any person to transport or possess off his own premises any dangerous weapon or substance in any area:
(1) In which a declared state of emergency exists; or
(2) Within the immediate vicinity of which a riot is occurring.
It seems to me that North Carolina Gun Owners have some work to do in protecting their ability to defend themselves during times of emergency.