A bear and a hare

have gone to the fair.
And this is what they saw:

Pistol Packin' Pete
Packin' some heat.
Thanks to Justin Burr's law.

Yes, the guns at the state fair bill is back again this session.

House Bill 562, filed on Thursday, modifies a law signed last year to allow people with concealed carry permits to take guns into the State Fair, however not on rides.

Rep. Justin Burr, who co-sponsored the legislation along with eight other Republicans, said the bill protects the right of "law-abiding citizens."

"We are continuing our effort to make sure that law-abiding citizens in North Carolina that own a gun have the right to defend themselves and their families," Burr said.

One wonders what Pete does with his pistol while he rides the tilt-a-whirl, and what dire threats exist at the state fair that require guns to protect oneself and one's family (rogue turkey legs? Gangs of deep-fried oreos?)

And if you were wondering whether the state fair was the only place that the GOP gun nuts want Pistol Packin' Pete to bear arms, the answer is (SURPRISE!) no. Justin also thinks we need guns in courtrooms.

The measure ... allows DA's [sic] with concealed carry permits to bring guns inside a courtroom.

"There is a sheriff, a bailiff in every courtroom. They have a gun," [Wake County Democrat Rep. Duane] Hall said. "There's no need to have young district attorneys with the responsibility of also carrying a gun with them."

Perhaps Rep. Hall didn't consider this scenario:

DA: Objection!
Judge: Overruled.
DA: (Ahem) I'm packing heat, you know.
Judge: Sustained!

And that's just the beginning (with the NC GOP, it's always just the beginning). Larry PIttman believes he and his staff need guns in the general assembly building (but you don't).

Another bill, whose sponsors include GOP Rep. Larry Pittman of Cabarrus County, would allow lawmakers and their staff to carry concealed weapons in the General Assembly.

One wonders who Larry is planning to shoot while the House is in session.

There's more (with the NC GOP, there's always more). Jeff Tarte believes Pete needs to pack his pistol...well...pretty much everywhere, including places that post "no guns allowed" signs. That's right, Tarte's bill would create a secret, well-regulated unregulated militia who can carry concealed weapons absolutely everywhere.

Senate Bill 708 would create a new secret class of concealed weapons permit-holders, giving them the authority to carry handguns anywhere that law enforcement officers can, including into any place that posts a sign prohibiting concealed firearms.

And there are several other bills, including one that prohibits employers from prohibiting guns on their property and one that exempts NC guns from federal regulations. And then there's this:

A gun-rights group says more legislation is coming.

Of course there is.



I never realized

that the NC State Fair was such a dangerous place that people need guns there. I think I will have to protect myself and my family by not going back there again.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

It wouldn't surprise me

if attendance at the fair dropped off severely if this passes. I wouldn't take my loved ones into a place where an unknown percentage of attendees were walking around with a lethal firearm and a paranoid hero-complex to match it.

And I think it's extremely ironic that the gun-nuts who are pushing this expect us to trust them, when they apparently don't trust the government, the police, or pretty much anybody else but themselves. That's a special kind of crazy.


Forgot to say: apologies to Sandra Boynton and her most excellent book, But Not The Hippopotamus.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014