Heroes & Cowards of the NC House

Today, the NC House failed to override the Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of H. 652, which included a provision allowing concealed carry at churches which sponsor schools, provided no school activities are taking place. Currently, firearms are legal in churches unless they are categorized as “educational property.”

House Republicans made a valiant effort to pass the bill, but do not control the 3/5 majority necessary to override a veto. In a previous vote, twelve Democrats had supported H. 652. In the face of pressure to support the veto of a Democrat governor, however, six of the twelve turned tail and voted to support the veto.

The final tally was 66-48, with all 60 Republicans present voting in favor of church carry. As of this writing, the House had yet to post which six Democrats voted for gun owners, but the number probably includes the five in marginal districts who were likely pandering to their electorate by voting for a bill they already knew would fail.

Perhaps the most moving speech in favor of H. 652 was made by Rep. Keith Kidwell (R- Beaufort, Craven, GRNC ****). Also making impassioned pleas in favor of the bill were Jay Adams (R-Catawba, ****), Destin Hall (R-Caldwell, ****), Alan McNeill (R- Moore, Randolph, ***), Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus, ****), and Michael Speciale (R-Craven, ****).

Two Republican House representatives were a surprise: Newcomer Jeff McNeely (R-Iredell, ****), appointed last year, gave a presentation which suggests he will be an asset to gun rights supporters in coming sessions. Amusingly, even Rep. John Fraley (R-Iredell, **) spoke on behalf of the bill, giving a left-handed mention to GRNC on the House floor by saying that he was voting for the bill even though we had called him out previously for not supporting gun rights.

A variety of the usual Democrat suspects spoke against the bill, including Christy Clark (D-Mecklenburg, GRNC 0-star), James Gailliard (D-Nash, 0), and Derwin Montgomery (D-Forsyth, 0). Typical misrepresentations of the bill claimed it would endanger children by putting guns in “schools,” (despite the fact that times of school activities were exempted from the bill), that few if any churches would be affected (refuted by McNeill, who spoke of a tragedy narrowly averted in his own church) and, ironically enough, that Republicans were playing politics with the bill (this from the party keeping businesses closed to damage Republican re-election prospects).

GRNC will post votes once they are available, and will review chamber audio recordings for notable remarks made for and against the bill. Meanwhile, GRNC would like to thank Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland, ****), Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R- Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, ****) and members of Republican leadership for their efforts in advocating passage of H. 652, and for again clearly documenting which legislators support the Second Amendment.

GRNC would also like to thank all of you who called and emailed legislators in favor of the bill. Your voices were heard loud and clear in both the House and Senate.

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