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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Activists in Wilmington marked six months since the school shootings in Newtown, CT, by holding a gun control rally in front of the federal building on Water Street.

Those in attendance held signs asking lawmakers to take a second look at current background check methods, which they claim have loopholes making it too easy for criminals to get guns.

“There are about 30,000 people who are killed with guns every year, and if legislation can prevent one, even if it prevents one death, it’s worth it,” Mebane Boyd said.

Today’s event coincided with the official launch of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns national drive to reduce gun violence, which will tour 25 states over 100 days.

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2015 years 10 months ago

I don’t understand what the problem with background checks are. Prior to getting my CCW permit, I had no problem passing them, since I have no criminal history. If you’ve seen them do an NCIC check in a gun store, it takes a few minutes. No, they don’t catch everything, but they seem to work. If they’re talking about complete psych profiles, that’s a different story. I also happen to think that there should be some basic firearms safety training required prior to allowing purchase. Not as a restrictive measure, but rather to keep the proud new owner from shooting himself in the foot. A parent buying and giving a gun to their kid? No issue. The training is included (hopefully)!

The common denominator in all these horrible mass shootings is that these idiots target places where firearms are not allowed. One example where it didn’t work out well for the idiot: http://tinyurl.com/yeb4qg8 Whether they use guns, or trucks, or anything else, if they are bent on doing the damage, no law out there is going to stop them.

2015 years 10 months ago

Mebane Boyd, are you more safe here in Wilmington or Chicogo with it’s near outright ban on guns? Seriously, you need to start looking at the data. They do not support gun control.

Furthermore, I bet the same liberal community that wants to disarm me and subject me to background checks is also the same group that were making the Newtown shooter feel completely accepted as a fruitcake.

My freedoms are not the problem!

2015 years 10 months ago

How do background checks infringe on your right to legally own a gun? You have to pass a driving test and purchase insurance on your car to drive. If you can’t pass a background check, you don’t need a gun.

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s not that I’m against background checks by any means as I’m a CCP holder and regularly purchase firearms and ammo and regularly practice my shooting skills and I’ve had to go through them. As a matter of fact, my profession requires regular background investigations as a condition of my employment.

So with that preface, here’s my basic question:
How is it that a “background check” will prevent a criminal or mental case from obtaining a firearm? That IS the intended purpose, correct?

The vast majority of gun-related violence is attributable to convicted criminals that cannot pass a background check and cannot “legally” own a firearm. So they go down to 4th and Castle and buy what they want from Ol’ Willie T. Now, Ol’ Willie T. is most likely a convicted criminal too that has a whole host of stolen firearms available for other criminals to purchase with NO background check needed, NO registration, NO nothing. There is at least one 4th and Castle in every podunk town and at least one “Ol’ Willie T.” on that corner.

New laws aren’t the answer. Enforcing the existing ones and keeping known and proven career criminals behind bars is where the REAL games begin! Have you heard of, seen or even proposed any legislation that addresses this single basic and prominent fact? Didn’t think so…

Amazing, huh? When facts vs. political horse-hooie get put in black and white, people get very quiet! It’s time for the people to start thinking and electing the right judges if one significat step is ever accomplished to curb gun-related violence!

It’s fully do-able. Ya just have to do!

1SG America
2015 years 10 months ago


If you walk into a gun store you will fill out paper work and thru that you are checked out. You cant walk into Wal-Mart and walk out with a weapon unless you have a CCW. So people are going thru with these checks, we are off target here. Guns don’t kill. It is the person that pulls the trigger and points it in order for it to fire. You need to focus on the person. Here is what I purpose… If you use a weapon in a crime – LIFE IN PRISON… If you fire a Weapon or stab someone in the event its a knife – DEALTH that same day. That would solve any issues with guns in America period. Law abiding people use them to Hunt to feed their family or just for the fun of shooting no other reasons. So this would take care of all the criminals who use the guns not for there intended purpose. Unless you are shooting a crook that is about to harm your family or the one holding the gun, well in that case if goes back to target practice.

Hope this clears up the crazy notion you had.

1SG America

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree wholeheartedly about stricter sentencing especially those that involve people with history of criminal activity.
But it does NOT address that person who is contemplating a “life of crime”
That first offense……
The thing that bothers me about background checks is that the background check is only as good as the info that’s put in there.
California only puts convictions in the CIC system, other state put pending charges or just arrest records (whether found guilty or not).
I would like to see a cohesive, nation wide check that forces states to put the same info into the system. I would also like to see international background checks used, as we’re probably, at some point have a comprehensive immigration policy that will flood our country with immigrants. Currently only U.S. based crimes are used and entered into the system.

One question that is missing from all permits is this:
“Are there any people residing within your home, or that you provide care for, that have mental illness or psychological problems?”
Laughtner(sp?) Lanza et al could have been prevented had those “law abiding” gun owners not had them (or had NOT encouraged the use of them by the mentally ill, like Lanza’s Mom did).
But back on point – putting lifelong criminals behind bars only solves part of the problem……


2015 years 10 months ago

First of all, when convicted felons face a lifetime of prison after 3 violent felonies, with ZERO possibility of parole, they are off the streets and away from the public forever. Those guys are done. That, along with instituting a “VERY, not so cozy prison lifestyle” may act as a deterrant for the Future Felons of America? I would hope so. I know the criminal mind is very impulsive, but when the rest of your remaining life is made into hell due to your personal behavior, impulsivity may tend to take a back seat. Many changes are needed in this area, but they do not get addressed, only obscured by a bunch of political “feel good, we’re doing something” cow-puddles that accomplish nothing.

The mental health issues demand a hard and close evaluation. A line needs to be drawn. The “coddling” of mental patients needs to stop and the way the responsible parents effectively deal with it are essential. Dangerous people need to be labeled as such. Schools should be contacted and made aware of them. Data bases should be populated with their identity for the purpose of background examination and possible flagging of their potentially dangerous activity. This is a huge gap. Lanza was known to have serious mental problems and even his own mother was scared of him. This was all very inappropriately addressed by his parents, as was the gun storage issues. Even murdering his own mother shouldn’t have allowed him access to those weapons.

Gun-related violence will never disappear. Neither will knife-related violence, or even alcohol-related violence. However, it is clearly evident that it can be vastly improved, just not by the approach that is currently marketed and driven by our current political and legislative arena. It’s simply time for the people to begin holding elected officials responsible and electing the right ones from the beginning! If they can’t do their job of protecting society as we elect them to do, we shove them to the side and get someone that will!

2015 years 10 months ago

Walmart doesn’t sell anything that you need a CCW Permit for. The only thing you need a CWP for at Walmart is for carrying concealed while shopping.

All they sell are long guns, and all that requires – in NC at least since things are different in other states – is the “paperwork”, which is really just a record of the sale. A NICS check must also be performed. Anyone of age who can pass a NICS check can walk into any Walmart – again, in NC – and buy as many of whatever they sell that you like with no prior permission from any regulatory entity – no permits, etc.

Handguns are a bit different. Anyone who can pass the local criminal checks required by your local sheriff’s department can obtain purchase permits. They allow you to purchase a handgun. There are no licensing requirements for posessing handguns in NC. There are laws regarding carrying, etc., but NC is not a “Nanny State”, and what it comes down to is anyone who’s got no criminal history can own as many long guns or handguns as they like.

The CCW / CWP allows for concealed carry, and eliminates the need for a NICS check for each purchase of a long gun or handgun. The background check is a bit more intensive and involves fingerprints, and additional data that the handgun purchase permit does not.

I hope this clears up your misunderstanding.

As far as the rest of your post goes, uhhh…. That’s not how it works in the USA.

2015 years 10 months ago

Instead of 3 violent felonies to earn life in prison, why not 3 violent felonies earns death penalty that is actually carried out? Both your idea and my idea will save innocent people from having to deal with these criminals out in society again, but mine will be much cheaper.

They have proven they lack the mental ability to live among us and if locked up without the possibility of ever getting out would cause a nightmare for the ‘zoo keepers’ that would have to guard them. Knowing no matter how good they act they will never be free, many would try to cause as much damage to both property and people as possible.

Dead criminals don’t commit any other crimes.

2015 years 10 months ago

And the General assembly just blew you all out of the water with their new laws.

2015 years 10 months ago

Nobody seemed to mind when I carried an M-14 in the Marine Corps, or a .38 Special when I was a police officer. I still carry my weapon and personally don’t give a rat’s behind who likes it or does not.

2015 years 10 months ago

GET A REAL JOB ALL OF YOU GUN GRABBERS!!!! When some sick perverted person breaks into your home and attempts to harm a family member,what are you gona do? Use a rolling pin,a judo chop or a firearm of a caliber of your choice hmmmmmmmm????

2015 years 10 months ago

Just to be clear. There’s nowhere NEAR 30000 deaths by firearms per year in the US. Also, count up the gun laws already in place that the Sandy Hook shooter BROKE….


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