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Committee Substitute Favorable 7/16/13

Adopted 7/17/13




Referred to:


February 5, 2013


A HOUSE RESOLUTION expressing support for the preservation and defense of the constitutions of the United states and the state of north CAROLINA.

Whereas, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"; and

Whereas, Section 30 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of North Carolina provides: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice"; and

Whereas, the United States Supreme Court in recent years has twice upheld the Second Amendment as applying to an individual's right to keep and bear arms in District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 (2008), and McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 3020 (2010); and

Whereas, the President and Vice President of the United States, as well as members of Congress, have proposed adopting laws, regulations, or actions that would have the effect of infringing on the right of Americans to keep and bear arms; and

Whereas, in the past, reasons offered in support of these infringements such as registering guns, banning certain kinds of weapons and accessories, requiring extreme background checks, and restricting concealed carry permits have not been shown by the substantial weight of scientific evidence to have been effective in accomplishing the stated objectives of such restrictions as compelling necessities for government action to protect the public safety; Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

SECTION 1.  The House of Representatives expresses support of the constitutional right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms and opposes any infringement by the federal government of the right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms.

SECTION 2.  The Principal Clerk shall transmit a certified copy of this resolution to each member of North Carolina's congressional delegation.

SECTION 3.  This resolution is effective upon adoption.