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The most common response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is a mix of outrage, outrage, and, well, a little bit of fear.
“We have to be careful,” says the former Republican state representative who, along with fellow state Rep. Chris Gibson, introduced a bill that would create a private club in the state.
The club would serve only licensed gun owners, and it would be open only to members who are also licensed.
In other words, the owners wouldn’t be allowed to be guests at the club, even if they’re guests.
“It’s very, very dangerous,” says Gibson.
“I mean, it’s like you could get killed right now.”
But as the NRA has pointed out, that fear hasn’t gone away.
“The NRA’s message that guns are a threat to society and society is based on the same flawed premise that has led us to such violence and so many mass shootings in the United States,” says NRA spokesperson Mark Glaze.
“That’s not a message that we want to be spreading to our members.”
In fact, the NRA doesn’t even have a single gun club in North Carolina.
But it has a new way to keep members from getting shot.
The new law, called the National Rifle Association-Sponsored Gun Safety Training Act of 2017, is the latest effort by the NRA to help it reach out to more gun owners.
It was introduced by state Rep, Mark Glazier, who has a background in firearms law and is now the Republican state lawmaker in North Dakota.
The bill, known as HB 1427, is currently awaiting a vote in the House and is expected to pass this week.
It would ban gun owners from owning a gun for self-defense in all 50 states.
The NRA-sponsored bill would prohibit gun owners who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor from owning guns for self defense in any state except in those states that require a permit.
And it would prohibit a gun owner who was convicted of domestic battery from owning one if he or she had been convicted in that state.
Glaze says he thinks HB 1426 will pass because gun owners are very vocal in their opposition to gun safety laws.
“There’s a lot of folks who are very passionate about gun safety,” he says.
“And I think that is a reason why the bill has been so effective.”
In response to his bill, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun manufacturers, has been pushing for a similar bill in other states.
“As a nation, we’ve gotten away from being the gun club where people gather together and shoot their guns,” says S.B. Miller, the organization’s president.
The gun lobby has been especially successful in getting bills passed in states where gun owners make up a large share of the population, like Indiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and North Carolina, Miller says.
The push to pass similar legislation in North Korea has also been successful.
The country’s communist state banned guns in 1989 and banned guns for personal defense in 2005.
But as guns have become more prevalent in North Korean society, the country has been able to pass legislation that prevents the confiscation of firearms from those who have not been convicted, and to allow the owners to retain possession of their guns if they wish.
“A lot of people don’t want to own guns because they fear for their safety,” says Glaze, who says North Korean officials have told him that they are concerned about the proliferation of guns in the country.
And the government has been very good at curbing the gun culture.
According to the South Korean government, North Korean authorities have seized more than 2,200 firearms since 2005, and in 2013, a North Korean court ordered all owners of guns to register their weapons and report to the police every time they owned a gun.
“They are trying to control the guns and that’s where the problem is,” says Miller.
“But they’re not going to be able to.”
To make it easier for gun owners to keep guns, the government also introduced new laws that prohibit people from owning more than five guns in a household.
In 2014, North Korea banned guns from the home of a gun-owner in North Dakot.
“Now we have people that have been caught with firearms that are in a closet,” says Michael Gannon, the CEO of the Second Amendment Foundation.
“Some of those guns are in their home, so that makes it very hard for the government to confiscate them.”
North Korea’s guns crackdown has also caused some problems for the NRA.
Last year, North Dakota passed a bill, HB 1317, that would have banned anyone from owning handguns.
The National Rifle Federation responded by passing a resolution calling for the repeal of the law.
“North Dakota has gone too far in this,” says Gannon.
“You could have guns all over the place.
And if somebody has a concealed carry permit, they can take it out of their home and they’re going to shoot at somebody and