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

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 14:44 PM.

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 don’t know…I 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, “Have I packed a carry-on bag for an airplane and forgotten to take out my handgun?” See I don’t fly anymore but that’s 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 it’s 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 do’s and don’ts 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 – don’t get me started on that one!)



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