Springfield, VA – Gun Owners of America (GOA), Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) and other freedom-minded organizations and individuals are suing Mecklenburg County Sheriff, Garry McFadden, for failing to issue Pistol Purchase Permits (PPP) and Concealed Handgun Permits (CHP) within the time prescribed by state law.
In response to Sheriff McFadden’s unlawful actions — which have been sitting on outstanding applications for over a year — GOA and GOF Senior Vice President Erich Pratt stated:
The decision to delay PPP and CHP issuances cannot be justified. Sheriff McFadden has no authority to suspend the right to “keep and bear arms” as it is protected by federal and state constitutions.
By refusing to process applications for both types of documents, he has made it impossible for many of his constituents to lawfully obtain handguns. And he has prohibited others from obtaining permits so they may legally use their handguns for self-defense.
The case can be viewed here.
Similar cases were brought against Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker last year after repeatedly failing to meet, and even suspending, issuance of permits. Baker was ordered by a judge to comply.
With all of the bureaucracy proving a hindrance to the free exercise of the Second Amendment, one wonders why the permits are even required in the first. After all, we already have, well, this: