RALEIGH – We’re not sure which is more absurd: Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker’s reasoning for essentially suspending the Second Amendment until April 30, or the apparent belief that this was an acceptable or legal thing to do.
Republican state lawmakers were quick to point out that Sheriff Baker’s new policy decision is a not only a blatant violation of the Second Amendment, but also violates specific state laws regarding the application for and processing of pistol purchase permit applications.
N.C. Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement from two Republican lawmakers after Sheriff Baker issued his illegal decree.
“Senators Warren Daniel (R-Burke) and Danny Britt (R-Robeson) issued the following joint statement regarding the Wake County Sheriff’s suspension of pistol permits:
“State law requires sheriffs to approve or reject a pistol permit within 14 days.
“Sheriff Baker must immediately rescind his illegal decision to halt sale of pistols in Wake County.
“People are already suspicious and on edge. It’s reckless to illegally suspend their Second Amendment rights just when they need assurance that they can trust government.
“We will also be urging our colleagues in the legislature to take action during the short session to address this illegal behavior.”
Though the violation may be addressed somehow during the upcoming legislative session, in the meantime citizens in Wake County are being denied their core, inalienable right to bears arms. In a time of historic crisis, no less.