What Happened to North Carolina’s Castle Doctrine Legislation?

What is the status of castle doctrine legislation in North Carolina? One piece of legislation has passed the third reading in the Senate (S34) but it was then relegated to the infamous Judiciary Subcommitte A on March 22nd. Although my Democrat representative is one of the main obstacles against preserving the 2nd amendment in our state, Deborah Ross should not be able to wield any power to stop HB 52 on the floor for a vote. However she is on the subcommittee that is withholding it from going to the floor.

Here is the short description of this important legislation:

HOUSE BILL 52

February 9, 2011

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO CLARIFY WHEN A PERSON MAY USE DEFENSIVE FORCE TO PROTECT AGAINST THE UNLAWFUL AND FORCIBLE ENTRY INTO THE PERSON’S DWELLING BY ANOTHER, TO PREVENT THE REMOVAL OF A PERSON AGAINST HIS OR HER WILL FROM THE PERSON’S DWELLING, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON IS JUSTIFIED IN USING DEFENSIVE FORCE IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES AND SO IS IMMUNE FROM CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND CIVIL ACTION FOR THE USE OF SUCH FORCE.

I have now attended three of this subcommittee’s meetings and I am not impressed with their work or progress. The agenda for their meeting on Wednesday, May 4th is presented below:

May 4th, 2011
JUDICIARY/A 1228/1327 10:00 am

H.B. 174 Commercial Real Estate Broker Lien Act.
H.B. 348 Offenders/No Access to Personnel Records.-AB
H.B. 379 Uniform Depositions and Discovery Act.
H.B. 380 Amend RCP/Electronically Stored Information.
H.B. 493 Landlord Tenant Law Changes.
H.B. 737 Strengthen Child Safety Laws/Care Facilities.

Here is a list of additional bills that this subcommittee is holding back. You decide if the Republican controlled House is doing the work that we elected them to do based on the May 4th agenda of this subcommittee versus the list of legislation presented in this article that they are holding back.

David DeGerolamo

HOUSE BILL 36
Short Title: Public Contracts/Illegal Immigrants. (Public) Sponsors: Representatives H. Warren, Cleveland, and Folwell (Primary Sponsors). For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site. Referred to: Government, if favorable, Judiciary Subcommittee A. February 7, 2011

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT PROHIBITING STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS WITH CONTRACTORS WHO EMPLOY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND REQUIRING CONTRACTORS TO VERIFY AND CERTIFY THEIR EMPLOYEES’ LEGAL STATUS OR AUTHORIZATION TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES.

HOUSE BILL 63
Short Title: Firearm in Locked Motor Vehicle/Parking Lot. (Public) Sponsors: Representatives Shepard, Hilton, Cleveland, and Barnhart (Primary Sponsors). For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site. Referred to: Judiciary Subcommittee A. February 10, 2011

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT NO BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE, OR EMPLOYER SHALL PROHIBIT THE TRANSPORTATION OR STORAGE OF A FIREARM OR AMMUNITION WHEN THE FIREARM AND AMMUNITION ARE LOCKED OUT OF SIGHT IN A MOTOR VEHICLE, TO PROVIDE THAT A BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE, OR EMPLOYER IS LIABLE TO ANYONE INJURED AS A RESULT OF AN UNLAWFUL PROHIBITION, TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON MAY BRING A CIVIL ACTION TO ENFORCE THE RIGHT TO TRANSPORT AND STORE A FIREARM AND AMMUNITION IN A LOCKED MOTOR VEHICLE ON THE PROPERTY OF A BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE, OR EMPLOYER, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE, OR EMPLOYER IS NOT CIVILLY LIABLE FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANOTHER PERSON’S ACTIONS INVOLVING A FIREARM TRANSPORTED OR STORED IN A LOCKED VEHICLE IN A MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH STATE LAW.

HOUSE BILL 74

Short Title: Castle Doctrine. (Public) Sponsors: Representatives Hilton, Randleman, Cleveland, and R. Brown (Primary Sponsors). For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site. Referred to: Judiciary Subcommittee A. February 14, 2011

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE WHEN THE USE OF FORCE OR THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE IS JUSTIFIABLE IN DEFENSE OF SELF, OTHERS, OR ONE’S HOME OR VEHICLE, OR IN PREVENTING THE COMMISSION OF A FORCIBLE FELONY, AND TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND CIVIL ACTION IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES.

HOUSE BILL 99

Short Title: Judicial Terms. (Public) Sponsors: Representatives Ross and Rhyne (Primary Sponsors). For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site. Referred to: Judiciary. February 16, 2011

A BILL TO BE ENTITLEDAN ACT TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW APPELLATE COURT JUSTICES AND JUDGES ADEQUATE TIME TO FULFILL THEIR JUDICIAL DUTIES BEFORE RUNNING FOR ELECTION, AND TO IMPROVE ELECTION ADMINISTRATION BY INCREASING FROM SIXTY TO NINETY DAYS THE WINDOW WHERE A SPECIAL ELECTION IS REQUIRED TO FILL A VACANCY IN THE OFFICES OF SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY, AND TO MAKE CONFORMING STATUTORY CHANGES.

HOUSE BILL 184

Short Title: Concealed Carry Permit/Elected Officials. (Public) Sponsors: Representative LaRoque (Primary Sponsor). For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site. Referred to: Judiciary Subcommittee A. February 28, 2011

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON ELECTED TO A PUBLIC OFFICE IN NORTH CAROLINA OR APPOINTED TO FILL A VACANCY IN ONE OF THOSE OFFICES WHO HAS A CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT MAY CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN AND MAY CARRY A POCKET KNIFE ANYWHERE IN THE STATE WHILE HOLDING THAT OFFICE, UNLESS OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY FEDERAL LAW.

HOUSE BILL 227
Short Title: Purchase of Firearms in Other States. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Hollo, Gillespie, Hilton, and Jones (Primary Sponsors).
For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site.
Referred to: Judiciary Subcommittee A.
March 3, 2011

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON MAY BUY A FIREARM IN ANOTHER STATE, PROVIDED THE PERSON SATISFIES THE APPROPRIATE BACKGROUND CHECKS.

HOUSE BILL 343

Short Title: Support Law Enforcement/Safe Neighborhoods. (Public) Sponsors: Representatives Cleveland, Blust, and Hilton (Primary Sponsors). For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site. Referred to: Judiciary Subcommittee A, if favorable, Commerce and Job Development. March 15, 2011

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ENACT THE SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS ACT.

      
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