In S 679’s third reading on the Senate floor, Sen. Eleanor Kinnaird (D – Orange) sought to make a vocal argument against the bill by reading out of a terrorist handbook. S 679 Castle Doctrine/Amend Firearms Laws is a bill intending to primarily provide North Carolinians with an improved Castle Doctrine, allowing citizens greater rights when using force to defend themselves or others. However, Kinnaird apparently viewed it as an attempt by the gun lobby to aid terrorists by providing them a legal route to purchase weapons.
In session, she stated what amounted to: “In a terrorist handbook found in Afghanistan it mentions in one jihad strategy for terrorists to buy assault rifles legally in America.” She then further explained how thousands of people on the terrorist watch-list have legally bought firearms under a loophole in federal law and stipulated that the only reason this law has not been amended is because the gun lobby strongly opposes it.
Now, the whole terrorist watch-list issue aside, Senator Kinnaird has apparently mistaken the use of firearms for self-defense and carrying a firearm with the purchase various firearms, because there is not a single provision in S 679 about the regulation of firearm purchasing and ownership. S 679’s various provisions only regard self defense, the ability to carry a concealed firearm, and locations firearms can be carried.
Furthermore, by asserting that her primary reason for opposing the bill was for a provision regarding assault rifles that does not exist, Kinnaird seems to imply that normal, law abiding U.S. citizens who chose to purchase firearms such as assault rifles are equivalent to terrorists. Indeed, Kinnaird seems to have made up provisions for the bill in order to condemn the bill and to anyone who purchases a firearm in order to decrease the attractiveness of the bill.