Monday, August 15, 2005

NC to provide concealed carry info with restraining orders

The Daily Dispatch carries a story about a law, passed by the general assembly but not yet signed by the governor to provide information on temporary concealed carry permits to people who get restraining orders.
The pending law would require local clerks of court to provide information to domestic violence victims on how to obtain temporary concealed weapons permits. The bill was approved by the Senate on a 43-4 vote, and also adds protective orders to the evidence a sheriff can consider when determining whether to issue a 90-day permit for a concealed weapon.
The paper is "concerned" that some people will not be "psychologically prepared" for the responsibility of owning and carrying a firearm. It sounds to me like they want to institute psych tests prior to issuing licenses.

Then again, it could just be good old-fashion sexism.
Should the government really be requiring clerks to notify every domestic violence victim of her right to pack a hidden gun, when common sense tells us that many of these women aren't well-suited to carry concealed weapons?
What part of common sense tells us this? The part that went out of vogue in the 1950's that said a women's place is in the home? Why exactly are the not suited? Is it because - according to that 1950's mentality - that women are helpless and should not, no cannot be expected to take care of themselves?

The Daily Dispatch is not holding that the permits are a bad thing, or that they are not needed.
There is no doubt these women - and the occasional man - need protection from their assailant. There's also little doubt that law enforcement can't always be there to provide that protection. And there certainly are known cases in which women have saved their own lives and possibly the lives of others, including their children, by wielding or even discharging a firearm when in danger.
They are also concerned that the "domestic violence prevention" organizations did not seek this legislation. Of course they didn't. These organizations are not interested in eliminating victim-hood; it is their life-blood.

This law appears to be a good thing, requiring the state to notify people who are eligible for concealed carry licenses, that they are eligible, and perhaps they should consider getting one. The editorial on this law is insane. It seems to be mired, as I said, in a past that considers guns something not suitable for southern ladies. Ridiculous.

Update August 19, 2005: The Reactions of "victims rights" organizations are predictable.

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