Gun Registration is Officially Dead in North Carolina
Durham County, NC has had one of the oldest registration laws in the country on the books since 1935. The measure was originally a Jim Crow law passed at the local level.
The way the law was written even unsuspecting gun owners from other parts of the states, who legally owned their guns, could be charged with a crime in Durham under some conditions. Now, nearly 80 years later, gun registration is officially dead in North Carolina.
According to the Carolina Journal Online,
A local legislative bill created Durham County’s gun roll, the only firearm registration system in North Carolina, in 1935.
State Sen. Mike Woodard, D-Durham, introduced a local bill that was passed into law June 18 abolishing the registration requirement. Because it was a local bill, it became law without the governor’s signature after passing both chambers of the General Assembly.
“We’ve got an alert going out right now to have people contact the county commission to demand these records be destroyed,” said Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina, a nonprofit gun rights organization.
“If that doesn’t work, I suppose we need to look into legal action. Gun registration is not legal in North Carolina, period, end of story,” Valone said.
“Right now, they’re back here in my office under lock and key,” Buchanan said of the gun registrations. “I’ve got two big filing cabinets full.”
Hopefully that personal information is destroyed and North Carolina can put this unfortunate law that existed for far, far too long behind them once and for all.