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  • Topsail Gun Gal: House Bill 937 a gift to gun owners

  • We, the N.C. Conceal and Carry permit holders and gun owners of North Carolina, received a wonderful gift with House Bill 937 that was signed into law by our Governor and shall take affect Oct. 1 this year.
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  • We, the N.C. Conceal and Carry permit holders and gun owners of North Carolina, received a wonderful gift with House Bill 937 that was signed into law by our Governor and shall take affect Oct. 1 this year.
    But with great rights comes an overwhelming sense of responsibility.
    Anyone who has ever traveled with me will tell you one thing. I seriously over-pack. Apparently I am expecting my long weekend to be drawn out to a three month event, I donít knowÖI just always do it.
    I go through long lists in my mind and panic the first few minutes while driving away that I may have forgotten something even when my vehicle is packed to capacity.
    The one thing I have not had to worry about lately is, ďHave I packed a carry-on bag for an airplane and forgotten to take out my handgun?Ē See I donít fly anymore but thatís another story.
    Based on the Sunday cover of the Raleigh News and Observer, more and more North Carolina conceal & carry permit holders are doing just this. On purpose? I doubt it. I believe itís more a case of doing too much too fast and not taking time to think things through.
    It is legal to transport firearms via TSA through locked / checked baggage (go to TSA.Gov web site for a full list of doís and doníts and always check with the State that you are arriving in to make sure your permit reciprocates). It is NOT legal to carry on a firearm (or a large bottle of liquid like sun tanning lotion Ė donít get me started on that one!)
    Though each state handles this crime differently, I found it very rare that a gun owner in North Carolina received any jail time and in most cases paid a penalty and most likely lost their firearm.
    I am always scrambling when going to specific places like schools and government buildings to make sure I donít have my firearm in my purse. Most businesses clearly post on the outside of their doors if they donít allow conceal weapons, giving us time to remove them and store them safely. Of course some businesses post signs at one entrance but not another (Iíve seen this at Walmart before).
    Itís not easy to keep current on all the rules and I find it really convenient when traveling to go to the AP on my phone (CCW) that helps me plot out my travels and tells me the rules in each state I will be visiting.
    If you donít get the answers you need, call a gun shop in the area you are traveling to. If they canít answer all your questions, they should be able to give you the local ATF office phone number.
    Page 2 of 2 - The State Highway Patrol in certain states are also a great source of information.
    The last thing you want to do in this day and age is to be caught off guard and lose your firearm and/or your conceal and carry permit because you broke the rules.
    Remember knowledge is power and thanks to the internet, we have a lot at our fingertips!
    Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.
    Email queries and comments to Gun Gal at topsailgungal@aol.com.
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