(OP Note: I have submitted the following as a Letter to the Editor of the Raleigh News & Observer) This past weekend, North Carolina experienced a severe winter storm. In response, the Governor declared a State of Emergency, in order to qualify for Federal Emergency Relief Funds. A little-known side effect of this is that, pursuant to NC General Statute 14-288.7, transportation of any weapons during a State of Emergency is a crime. This restriction impacts hunters, target shooters who wish to attend a match, gun show attendees who wish to buy or sell firearms, gun owners who wish to take their gun to a training class, and approximately one million North Carolinians who have a Concealed Carry Handgun permit. This law was passed in the wake of the 1960's Civil Rights Riots; indeed, it is part of Article 36A, Riots and Civil Disorders. At the time, Emergencies were declared when civil order could not be maintained. Had FEMA not been created in 1979, there would be little impetus to declare a State of Emergency every time we experience severe weather; instead, North Carolina, like every other state, does so to be eligible for federal monetary assistance. While there may be just cause to temporarily suspend the Second Amendment during a riot, it is unclear how this helps anybody in response to a storm that might be expensive to recover from, but doesn't impact civil order.