February 11, 2010
While inches turned into feet of snow and life along the East Coast came to a standstill, government agencies were far from dormant.
While some southern cities struggled to cope with the massive amounts of fallen snow, some local governments seized this opportunity to declare states of “emergency.”
Sounds benign, right? After all, government is here to help…
Authorities in King, North Carolina declared a state of emergency which not only prohibited citizens from driving on the snow-packed roads, but also banned the sale alcohol and banned the purchase or possession of firearms outside of their homes.
By declaring a state of emergency, the King City Council and police chief effectively declared martial law and rescinded the Constitutional rights of King’s citizens.
King Police Chief Paula May has tried to distance herself from the decision, and the ensuing public outcry. She claims that North Carolina state law was to blame for the ban on the sale and possession of firearms outside the home.
For the liberty-minded, these “emergency powers” should be cause for great concern. Regardless of the level of government, these assaults on liberty cannot go uncontested.
[efoods]While many people, gun owners especially, are drawn to the glamor of Presidential and Federal politics, often many battles for liberty go on unheralded. In state legislatures and city councils across the country, liberals are working hard to strengthen the iron-grip of government on the rights of their citizens.
Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, and in this modern age of the internet, vigilance is easier than ever.
All, however, is not lost.
Many liberty-minded state legislators are stepping up to fight these “state of emergency” attacks on our gun rights.
In Colorado, for instance, state Senator Scott Renfroe (R – Greeley) has introduced a bill to protect the Second Amendment rights of Colorado residents.
Renfroe’s bill would prevent the Governor of Colorado from suspending citizens’ right to keep and bear arms during a declared state of emergency.
National Association for Gun Rights’ Director of Operations Luke O’Dell will be testifying in favor of Renfroe’s bill later today in the Colorado State Senate State Affairs Committee.
You can listen to live audio of the hearing on the Colorado General Assembly website, by clicking here.
National Association for Gun Rights