At Issue: Self-Protection and Concealed Carry
Self-protection is a Natural Law Right that belongs to each individual from birth. Neither the government nor any elected official gives that right to you. In fact, it is their sworn duty to guarantee that each sovereign citizen forever retains that right.
The Cherokee Scout (April 1, 2015) contained several articles under these headlines: “Commissioners want permission to carry guns in courthouse” and “Commissioners discuss right to carry guns at courthouse.” The long articles contained both direct and paraphrased quotes from interested parties interspersed with truths, half-truths, and non-truths. The clear intent, however, was to ridicule the commissioners and support the paper’s well-known anti-Second Amendment agenda. Painfully absent was a concise and logical discussion and explanation of this issue.
The Nuts and Bolts: Here are the plain facts and logical conclusions:
- GS 14-269 allows judges, district attorneys, assistant district attorneys, magistrates, registrars of deeds, clerks of court, and law enforcement personnel to carry concealed in a courtroom. Given that assortment of elected and non-elected government officials who were given the right to carry, by what logical conclusion should commissioners and town council members have been excluded?
- Smaller counties such as ours have courtrooms, county offices, and meeting rooms under the same roof, which causes the entire building to be termed a “courthouse.” If our county offices and meeting rooms were in any government building that did not contain a “courtroom,” this would not be an issue, as county employees are allowed to carry concealed in government buildings.
- The real concern is that prohibiting concealed or open carry into any building leaves a person vulnerable to harm when on foot between their vehicle and the building as well as inside the establishment. It was for this very reason that our county employees are allowed to carry into county buildings.
- While I appreciate that the Sheriff will provide “someone who can walk them (the commissioners) in and out of the building if necessary,” I don’t feel that I am entitled to any government service that the Sheriff is unable or unwilling to provide to every citizen of our county. In addition, the government does not have the authority to force me to accept or rely on its promise of security over that which I am entitled to provide for myself by our Constitution.
- The Scout said that it “could not find any recent news items online involving shootings of elected officials in America while meeting in a government building.” Our quick internet search revealed four, including one in January, 2015.
- When it comes to conservative issues like the Second Amendment, the Scout’s headlines are often misleading. Our resolution specifically excludes courtrooms, allowing carry only into government offices and meeting rooms.
- Commissioner Dickey told the Scout that his safety concern was walking to and from the building, not once he was inside. The Scout did not publish his comment.
The Bottom Line:
It is not about “feeling safe” INSIDE the commission room or in any business establishment. It is about getting to and from any building safely. Any person sitting, standing, loitering, or walking around outside any building or in a parking lot is a potential risk to your personal security.
In the pioneer days, it was impossible to lock up your guns and your horse at the hitching post, so a rider could carry into the saloon, checking his guns at the door. I would be happy to “leave my guns at the door” if they could be checked like a coat or hat on the way in and returned when I leave.
See also Concealed Carry Resolution