(Answer: One if you are unlucky, but really, she had help)
The high winds of Hurricane Earl have already hit the Capital of North Carolina as Raleigh reels from the impact of A STATEWIDE Emergency Decree from the Governors Office that essentially bans firearms on the eve of opening day of Dove Season.
As a highly anticipated annual social event celebrated by everyone who is not a Bolshevik in Exalted Public Office from the lowest plumber to the highest of high society white shoe Attorneys-At-Law to mess with North Carolina Dove Hunters is akin to publicly avowing a distaste for Moon Pies.
It just is not done.
So to backpedal is the order of the day. Both Skinnymoose and WRAL-TV soothingly report the State Of Emergency will not affect Dove Hunters.
Excerpt from Skinnymoose:
Norman Young of the Attorney General’s office has examined the state of emergency declaration, the statutes involved and has consulted with his counterparts in the Attorney General’s criminal section. As a result of Norman’s research, he finds that during this state of emergency there is no legal impediment to hunting.
BUT!!!! NoLawyersOnlyGunsAndMoney Blog contests this interpretation with a lawyerly analysis AND an alert from GRASS ROOTS NORTH CAROLINA which basically says the Governor’s Office is lying!
“Even if EO 62 were worded (or amended) to expressly permit the possession of firearms, the governor has no constitutional or statutory authority to suspend the effect or enforcement of a valid NC criminal law. Once she declared a State of Emergency, Gov. Perdue legally disarmed all NC civilians outside their own homes, including the thousands of otherwise legally licensed hunters expected to take to the fields for the opening of Dove season at noon Saturday.”
So the only thing that remains to be seen is how many land speed records will be broken as the Governor’s Office hurries to rescind the State Of Emergency for the 9/10ths of North Carolina not affected by Hurricane Earl so as to mitigate the insult to thousands of Democrat Voter/Hunters who have just had their toes stomped for no reason whatsoever.
NoLawyersOnlyGunsAndMoney Blog called the Governor’s Office today and hijinks ensued:
The young lady in the Governor’s Office did opine that she wished those spreading the “rumor” about the impact of the Executive Order would stop. The only problem is that the law reads the way it does and not the way the young lady, the Governor, or her press secretary would like it to read.
The Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner exposes the flaws in the Governor’s explanation of EO 62:
If the Holliman/Perdue gun ban contained in EO 62 continues to be in effect on Saturday, when North Carolina dove season opens, thousands of hunters will be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 120 days in jail. Short of rescinding EO 62, nothing Perdue or anyone else can do will change that.
It would be politically untenable for the state to prosecute any of these people, of course. But in living under the shadow of selective prosecution, North Carolina gun owners now exist at the convenience and on the good graces of Queen Beverly, who has taken your right to bear arms, and turned it into a privilege.