H712 would allow police to destroy confiscated or surrendered firearms…   

... And GRNC is disappointed to report that House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have let us all down. Despite your messages explaining the glaring problems with this bill, and insisting that they reject it, the committee voted last week in favor of the bill and now it is advancing to the Rules Committee. 

Therefore, it is now up to members of the Rules committee to stop this terrible bill. We can only hope that they will be more responsive to gun owners (who sent them to Raleigh in the first place), and stop it.


There are more details on H712 below. Also below, under 'Immediate Action Required' and 'Deliver This Message,' see how you can easily contact the Republican members of the Rules Committee and insist they act responsibly where those on the Judiciary Committee did not.

H712 (Disposition of Unclaimed or Seized Firearms), was introduced carrying the names of several ideologically anti-gun sponsors, the sort whose genuine goal is simply to destroy guns. This bill must not become law, and with your help, GRNC intends to stop it in the Judiciary Committee, where it will receive a hearing, this Friday, at 9:00 AM. 

Redundancy, a Staple of Bureaucracy
Of course, we’ll all be contacting our elected servants to inform them of their pending mistake and encourage them not to make such an error. And when we do, it will probably be embarrassing for the bill’s legislative sponsors and supporters to learn that their own legislative body has already passed into law a bill with similar reach. 

In NC’s ‘Domestic Violence Statutes (50B)’ you’ll find:
(h) Disposal of Firearms. – If the defendant does not file a motion requesting the return of any firearms, ammunition, or permits surrendered within the time period prescribed by this section, if the court determines that the defendant is precluded from regaining possession of any firearms, ammunition, or permits surrendered, or if the defendant or third-party owner fails to remit all fees owed for the storage of the firearms or ammunition within 30 days of the entry of the order granting the return of the firearms [click here to read more…

So, there are already directives for how government-owned guns are to be disposed of. It’s not a stretch to say that existing law could be utilized as-is, or simply tweaked with a new line or two, and presto! No need to ensconce a new way to lose money, and no need for a whole new layer of red tape. But who doesn’t like red tape? 

Burning Cash: A Bureaucratic Virtue 
But wait, there’s more. If you like the redundancy presented by H712, you’ll also love its ability to burn government assets, costing us all through the purposeful elimination of potential revenue. In its language regarding when and why to destroy a firearm, the bill sets up the false narrative that unless a gun has obvious trade-in value in purchasing firearms for the police, it has no value at all. 

Also, the bill’s precepts ignore the fact that one man’s refuse is another’s treasure. Firearms that law enforcement may deem valueless, may be quite valuable to collectors and other enthusiasts. The bill essentially forces potential bags of money to be burned. Perhaps NC lawmakers just prefer to grab all their revenue from your paycheck and at the local cash registers where you ante up for Raleigh. 

H712 is Anti-Gun 
Clearly, there is an anti-gun bias built-in to H712, and surely that is the reason several of the sponsors are known, anti-gun politicians. Note that there are no similar rules for the destruction of confiscated automobiles, tools, jewelry, or any other property. If a gun does not seem to have trade-in value, law enforcement ought to turn it over to the state surplus agencies just like all the other property they dispose of. This bill is just an excuse for law enforcement to destroy perfectly good firearms (a phrase that likely sounds counterintuitive, perhaps absurd, to this bill’s sponsors). 

Below, see how you can easily contact the Republican members of the House Rules Committee, where this bill will receive its next hearing. Let them know what you think about anti-gun, redundant gun laws that waste government revenue. 




      • EMAIL REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE: Use the copy/paste email list provided below, and the copy/paste email message provided below, under ‘Deliver This Message.' 

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Republicans on the Rules Committee, Copy/Paste Email List:

Lisa.Barnes@ncleg.net; Jamie.Boles@ncleg.net; William.Brisson@ncleg.net; Dana.Bumgardner@ncleg.net; Ted.Davis@ncleg.net; Jimmy.Dixon@ncleg.net; John.Fraley@ncleg.net; Holly.Grange@ncleg.net; Jon.Hardister@ncleg.net; Kelly.Hastings@ncleg.net; LindaP.Johnson@ncleg.net; David.Lewis@ncleg.net; Stephen.Ross@ncleg.net; Jason.Saine@ncleg.net; John.Szoka@ncleg.net; John.Torbett@ncleg.net



Deliver This Message



Suggested Subject: "Oppose H712: A Redundant, Fiscally Irresponsible, Anti-gun Bill"  


Dear Rules Committee Member:

I am writing today because I understand that Republicans on the Judiciary Committee failed to stop H712 and that the bill will soon be heard in the Rules Committee. It is disappointing and even shocking that a bill this redundant and wasteful, and worse, one sponsored by several anti-gun legislators, would be allowed to advance by members of the Republican Party. Judiciary Republicans have done this even after being admonished by their constituency to stop the bill. So now it's up to you, and I must insist that you strongly oppose this bill. 

There are already laws in place to deal with the storage or destruction of government-owned firearms, NC’s “Domestic Violence Statutes (50B),” for example. There is no reason that these existing laws, either directly or with the most minor of adjustments, can’t be used to handle the matters addressed by H712. Unfortunately, cumbersome redundancy seems to be a staple of bureaucracy, but I expect members of the Republican Party to work to eliminate it wherever it can be found. However, piling on the red tape is exactly what H712 does. 

H712 would also set up a system where real government revenue is tossed in the shredder and it does so in a particularly anti-gun fashion—the wanton destruction of firearms. This is supported by the fact that there are no similar rules of disposal for confiscated automobiles, tools, jewelry, or any other property. If a gun does not seem to have trade-in value, law enforcement ought to turn it over to the state surplus agencies just like all the other property they dispose of. 

I insist that you oppose H712, a redundant, wasteful, anti-gun bill. I will be monitoring your actions on this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. 




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