Known as the “Shockwave,” Mossberg’s new self-defense shotgun totes a barrel only 14 ¾ inches long. The entire length of this shotgun is 26 inches, and it holds five shotgun shells. Made with a “birds head grip” it is NOT designed for any type of shoulder stock, and because of its design it can only be sold to purchasers 21 years of age or older and a resident of the state in which it is being sold in (just like a pistol grip shotgun). I’m only guessing this shotgun will have a “bit” of a kick when fired, so be careful.

N.C. House Bill 201 (Sponsored by House Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender) is gaining strength and sponsors. This bill would allow for Constitutional Carry, which declares that any law-abiding, adult citizen can carry a firearm on his/her person concealed. Don’t jump to conclusions. Read the bill; it is easily found at NCLEG.NET.

Think this is something new? Nope. Twelve states already allow for some form of permit-less concealed carry, with more bills proposing the same thing in Alabama, Montana and New Hampshire.

How a person carries a handgun should NOT be confused with the process to purchase. Regardless of how this bill or any other proceeds, even if a law is passed that allows pistol purchase without a purchase permit, a background check will ALWAYS be done by an FFL. The only difference is that a background check would be done at time of purchase (like a long gun). All of our neighboring states — South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia — already conduct handgun sales this way.

An N.C. Conceal Carry permit holder would be exempt from the background check for each purchase.

Three crucial classes each academic student should have are music, art and recess. More about oneself is learned during these times (especially recess).

If Indians were here first, why isn’t our country known as Indiana? (Think about it).

For all of you out there having a “hard” time acclimating to the Day Light Saving time — too bad. I LOVE it. More daylight means more motivation to get things done. I can’t stand it being dark at 5 p.m. and finding myself in bed at 7 p.m. like a farmer on Little House in the Prairie. Based on this, I refuse to “fall back” this fall; so if you need me, please adjust YOUR clock because mine is staying with the sunshine.

Remember knowledge is power and, yes, you are smarter than some people you encounter each day, just don’t tell them — keep it your little secret.


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.