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Plagiarized liberally from the Winston-Salem NC Journal (and a few other sources):

In 1969 the State of North Carolina passed an emergency-declaration law as part of a riot control act. The law provided that the state and its cities and counties could declare a state of emergency because of “public crisis, disaster, rioting, catastrophe or similar public emergency”. Part of the law stipulated a ban on the possession of firearms and ammunition, off one’s own premises, during any state of emergency.

When winter storms slammed North Carolina in early 2010, Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency. The city of King followed with its own declaration of emergency that included — as allowed by state law — a ban on the purchase, and possession of firearms and ammunition except at a person's own home. (based on state law, it actually banned all possession of firearms everywhere in NC where the declaration of emergency existed, except at your home).

Now, Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has ruled that state law can't make a blanket ban that keeps North Carolinians from carrying or buying guns and ammunition during an emergency. The order, issued yesterday, stopped short of finding the state's emergency gun-ban law unconstitutional on its very face, finding that the plaintiffs were “unable to demonstrate that there are no set of circumstances under which the emergency declaration statutes would be valid.”

The state has 30 days to appeal the judge's decision, but a spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Justice said state attorneys were reviewing the order and that no decision had been made.
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