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Posted Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Pittsboro, NC - There has been a lot of discussion lately in the community regarding gun and ammo sales at local retailers, specifically Wal-mart. Some have suggested that we, as a board of commissioners, should try to stop Wal-mart from selling these items as a means of increasing public safety.
I can't speak for all of the commissioners but I am confident that the majority of the board has no desire to prevent sales of firearms or ammo at the new Wal-mart.
I am a strong supporter of the second amendment and have no reason to think that preventing Wal-mart from selling these items would have an impact on public safety. It would only serve to put a burden on law abiding citizens.
I don't think anyone will bring a formal motion before our board with this request, however, if it does come up, I have no doubt that it would be defeated soundly.
Focusing on ammunition sales and law abiding citizens rather than the real causes of gun violence is counter productive to curtailing violent acts.
Let's stop taking the easy route of passing regulations that make it appear as if we are doing something rather than actually having an impact. I will do my part to keep focused on results and protecting the freedoms spelled out in the constitution. That is the oath I took when I enlisted in the Navy 30 years ago and when I was elected as a county commissioner.
Brian Bock is chairman of the Chatham County Commissioners.
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