I really cannot emphasize enough how absolutely screwed this is: Every Concealed Carry Permit in eastern NC Invalid Due to Hurricane Irene.

The idea of a state of emergency declared by the governor as we knew it a few years ago used to be a legal formality to be eligible for federal aid money to recover from anything deemed an emergency. At this point, the idea of declaring a state of emergency is totally perfunctory.

And so politicians are able to pass laws that restrict things like the law of supply and demand and otherwise lawful concealed or open carry under the guise of only doing it during “emergencies”.

But the result is that the Governor Perdue, in her rush to invoke a state of emergency in order to ostensibly help people, has deprived lawful concealed carry holders of the ability to keep and bear arms in a potential disaster area.

There’s a saying in the self-defense community, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” I wonder how that adage goes when the power and phone lines are knocked out by a category three hurricane, and the major thoroughfares are washed out.

Edit: I’m not sure what to make of this. Reading the text (Section 7) of the executive order declaring the state of emergency itself says “This order . . . does not trigger the limitations on weapons in G.S. 14-288.7 [the above-linked restrictions on guns] or impose any limitations on the consumption, transportation, sale or purchase of alcoholic beverages.”

It’s not clear why the law was passed if it is going to be disregarded in a state of emergency, except to change the default to being disallowed to carry. I guess that means we should be grateful when we’re allowed to carry during a declared state of emergency.