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H.R. 86 Is An Anti-Gun Law


September 23, 2019

House Bill 86 will not prevent “violence.”

This legislation is the first step to defining terms that will lead to firearm confiscation.

Three devious provisions make this law dangerous and unacceptable.

1) It creates a new class of firearms, “assault weapons,” without describing criteria for these firearms or how they were selected.

There are over 110 firearms defined as “assault weapons.” An “assault weapon” is one that can fire fully-automatic. It is basically a “machine gun.” Semi-automatics fire only one shot per trigger pull. Fully automatic weapons require a federal permit.

2) It requires liability insurance to buy or own a firearm.

The proposal does not define “negligent or willful acts.” Check with your insurance agent to find out if you can get such insurance, and what it will cover, and what it will not cover, and what it will cost each year. What will a Sheriff accept to give you a permit?

3) It repeals statewide uniformity of firearm regulation within the State.

G.S. 14-409.40 (a) now reads, “It is declared by the General Assembly that the regulation of firearms is properly an issue of general, statewide concern…”

Going between states is difficult enough now because of the different firearm laws. No one will be able to keep up with the hodgepodge of laws in different counties and cities. Imagine a trip across the state to the beach. Imagine what this will do to tourists crossing our state.

H.R 86 will not prevent violence. It is the first step to firearm confiscation in violation of our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Yes, things need to be done to control criminal and mentally ill people who are out for notoriety and often suicide. This bill will not. Check on the web, “The Battle of Athens, Tenn. –1946.”

Ed Winstead

Dunn’s Rock

(Editor’s Note: The bill was filed on Feb. 14, 2019. It was referred to a committee on Feb. 18. No action has been taken since then. The bill can be found at


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