To The Rescue – H562

So I’ve been pouring over H562 in the final version and came across a few glimmers of hope in the final watered down version. Here is the first section:

  G.S. 14‑269.2 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

(l)        It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under subsection (b) or (f) of this section that the person was authorized to have a concealed handgun in a locked vehicle pursuant to subsection (k) of this section and removed the handgun from the vehicle only in response to a threatening situation in which deadly force was justified pursuant to G.S. 14‑51.3.

Basically if you have your firearm on educational property with a concealed handgun permit and the firearm is secured in a locked vehicle you can retrieve it to respond to deadly force. Under the current law you could have the firearm in the car, but you could not legally use it outside the car and could have been subject to prosecution if you did. So if a deranged person came onto campus firing at students and you went and got your firearm and stopped them you still could be charged with having that firearm outside your vehicle on campus. With the new law you would not be charged provided you have the right to use deadly force. It’s a subtle change in the law and a good one which will allow concealed handgun permit holders to potentially protect themselves and others.

One other clarification which is wonderful is how the firearm is handled in the vehicle on campus.

SECTION 2.  G.S. 14‑269.2(k) reads as rewritten:

“(k)      The provisions of this section shall not apply to a person who has a concealed handgun permit that is valid under Article 54B of this Chapter, or who is exempt from obtaining a permit pursuant to that Article, who if any of the following conditions are met:
(1)        The person has a handgun in a closed compartment or container within the person’s locked vehicle or in a locked container securely affixed to the person’s vehicle. A person may unlockvehicle and only unlocks the vehicle to enter or exit the vehicle provided while the firearm remains in the closed compartment at all times and immediately locks the vehicle is locked immediately following the entrance or exit.(2)        The person has a handgun concealed on the person and the person remains in the locked vehicle and only unlocks the vehicle to allow the entrance or exit of another person.
(3)        The person is within a locked vehicle and removes the handgun from concealment only for the amount of time reasonably necessary to do either of the following:
a.         Move the handgun from concealment on the person to a closed compartment or container within the vehicle.
b.         Move the handgun from within a closed compartment or container within the vehicle to concealment on the person.

Not having to remove the firearm to a closed container while in the carpool lane is terrific. Hopefully more nuggets such as this lurk within the legislation to be discovered!

H562 Heads To The Governor

So H562 finally passed and is heading to the Governor. I’m reading it and it seems to be clarifications with little teeth. I do note Section 13 which appears to require the CLEO to issue a certification for NFA regulated firearms. It is a small segment of the population who can afford to own such firearms and I see nothing in it about supressors. I suppose if the CLEO has to sign for a machine gun they wouldn’t even blink at a can, but I still don’t see much in this legislation other than corrections which clarify things like a locked car. I’ll go over it a few more times to see what I may have overlooked.

Hi-Point C380 Review?

I’ve been tempted on several occasions to purchase a Hi-Point and give it a once over since I eventually may have a student show up with one of them. They have to be the ugliest firearms on the market and at the same time the least expensive. I happened upon the video below and if I could find one for $79 I probably would buy it just to say I did. Check out the video below, if you are a gangsta he is making fun of you!

The Truth Is Always Stranger Than Fiction – 6.5 Tons Of Ammunition!

I’ve been following the story of the man who died in CA and claimed to be CIA agent who was left in the car to be picked up by some unknown agency. He had 14 cars and while you may think that is the strange part, he had 1,500 guns and 6.5 Tons Of Ammunition. Even I think that is a bit extreme and I’m the guy who believes you should have ammunition for every firearm you own. The story gets more odd every time I see an article about it.

Here’s a few you should take the time to read:

That Didn’t Last Long – Kovalev Shorts Stripped?

Readers may recall I mentioned the logo for TulAmmo on the back of Sergey Kovalev’s trunks at a bout in March 2014. Now according to the NSSF Kovalev has been asked by HBO to remove the TulAmmo logo for the fight Saturday night. I’m scratching my head over this one. How many times do I have to see some stupid logo for a Mitsubishi dealership I will never purchase from or some studio that I don’t even know what it is during a boxing match. HBO should leave Kovalev alone and let him keep crushing the way he has always done. It will be interesting to see if the logo is still there on Saturday or if HBO wins this round.

Ommegang 2015 Belgian Independence Day Ale

I was looking for something to open on July 21 and happened upon Ommegang 2015 Belgian Independence Day Ale and noticed the date being commemorated was July 21, 1831. This year’s variant was a 9.2% ABV tripel which was dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops. It was citrusy, spicy, and alcoholic enough to make it a sipper. I had one friend who liked it, and another who did not find it to be their cup of tea and both had it on draft. For me it was a nice diversion from what we normally see in a tripel, a solid beer, but not something I would gravitate to time after time due to the alcohol presence. I did enjoy it and luckily consumed it on the right day. If you spot a bottle and are fan of the Ommegang beers, definitely give it a whirl!


N.C. ALE Puts The Kibosh On Festival Server Consumption

Looks like a recent festival may have ended what has always been a good time for many in the brewing industry, serving at festivals. For years breweries have cycled their staff in and out of booths at festivals to give them breaks and allow them to visit with other friends and colleagues. I know I’ve been behind the counter at many, many festivals and pulled a tap handle after having a few samples. It all started back in May when Asheville held the Beer City Festival and ALE agents came to the party. They sat back and witnessed people pouring and sampling and everyone having a good time until they stepped in and put everyone on notice that type of behavior was frowned upon and servers must be sober or must not serve. I think the move took most everyone by surprise, mainly because it had never been an issue before. I’ve seen servers notably intoxicated, but they don’t pose a threat to festival attendees and are responsible when leaving the fest so where’s the harm? The ALE issued violation reports to 10 of the breweries from the festival, most notably for Oscar Wong of Highland. Now here’s the rub for me, the rule they supposedly broke was:
02S.0212(a)(3) Employee shall not perform service of any nature while or after consuming alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises.
I don’t quite follow how a festival is their licensed premises. They didn’t sign up for the festival permit and were not selling beer so I think the interpretation of the rule is bogus. I would caution anyone serving at a festival you may be running afoul of an interpretation of the ALE rules so be careful and be sure if consumption is allowed or not.

The ALE appears to not be playing around. Oskar Blues had planned a Burning Can festival last weekend and they were told not every brewery had the proper permits so they made the fest free, refunded the money they had already received, and proceeded as planned. I know who my new favorite NC brewery is now. Cheers to Oskar Blues!

Draft Less Expensive Than Retail?

Last night I happened upon one of those specials which was too good to pass up. Ballast Point Sculpin was on tap at a restaurant close to my hotel and on Monday nights all US beers are $1.95. So I got a pint of Sculpin for $1.95 and typically it is $2.50 per 12 ounce when you purchase it in the bottle shop. It is very, very rare for a draft beer to be less expensive than a retail purchase, especially in a 6-pack, 12-pack, or case. I checked and found a keg of Sculpin retails for $275, so you can figure the restaurant got it for less than that, let’s assume ~30% less so that keg came in at $195. Assuming 16 ounce pours a keg would have 124 pints. At $1.95 they could take in ~$240 so they would make ~$0.35 per pint. Not quite raking it in. I suppose the reality is they don’t sell out a keg on that night and the real price makes up the difference and the beer is a loss leader to bring people in for food and to keep the taps moving. It’s just rare to see a draft beer for less than a bottle at a retail shop.


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