Last week, a man just shy of 30 decided to prove to his girlfriend that his guns were unloaded and safe to have in the house. How did he prove it? He put one of his guns to his head and pulled the trigger. Game over. He had a round in the chamber and ended his life needlessly over something so stupid I can’t wrap my mind around it. The more startling fact was that I found 11 almost identical fatalities in the last few years. Men, listen up: If you need to prove a gun is not loaded go outside and point it away from people and at the ground.
This is exactly why we try to teach everyone to always treat a gun as if it is loaded and ready to go. Why take a chance?
This past weekend I had the wonderful experience of working at the Jacksonville Gun Show. It was an honor to be around so many military personnel and their families. Of course I was a bit surprised at all the tattoos on the men and women, a sure sign that I’m getting old. A few people stopped by to ask me some questions and I promised them I would do my best to get the answers. The most popular question was about pistol purchase permits. They wanted to know why they had to pay for a background checks in some counties as well as the permit. They also asked how many permits they could get at one time.
When I got home I looked up some new information from NC House Bill 937 that was signed into law in July. The bill clearly states that no fee above $5 may be charged per permit and that no limit shall be placed on the number or frequency of permits applied for.
Now I may be misinterpreting the bill but the exact wording is as follows:
The sheriff shall charge for the sheriff’s services upon issuing the license or permit a fee of five dollars ($5.00). There shall be no limit as to the number or frequency of permit applications and no other costs or fees other than provided in this subsection shall be charged for the permit, including, but not limited to, any costs for investigation, processing, or medical background checks by the sheriff or others providing records to the sheriff.
Apparently this information hasn’t filtered down to many counties in North Carolina. Next time you apply for a permit, perhaps you should ask to see if they are up-to-date on their processes.
This weekend on March 8 I hope you can stop by the Women’s Expo at the Surf City Community Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and share some of your knowledge with me!
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.