In its 2013 session, the General Assembly repealed a 1935 law that had required Durham residents to register their firearms with the Durham County Clerk of Court. The State of North Carolina granted Archie Smith, Clerk of Court, permission to destroy the records. Sheriff Andrews was on hand this morning to observe and assist with the destruction.
Those wood filing cabinets and paper records are the filing system for Durham, NC’s handgun registry. While technically “the law,” anecdotal evidence suggests that most people moving into the Bull City purposefully ignored the registry due to it’s racist Jim-Crow era roots.
Granted, this video isn’t terribly exciting from a video perspective, but from a freedom perspective it is awesome, and it was nice of the Durham Sheriff’s Department to record the process for posterity as we continue to reclaim our gun rights here in North Carolina.