Charlotte, VA, United States (CNN) — Carrie Ann Inaba has a concealed carry permit.
She’s a retired nurse, but not one for gun control.
Inaba and her husband have had their firearms license for more than a decade.
She says they’re open to any gun policy that would prevent them from carrying a firearm in public.
But, she says, the recent Virginia law banning gun purchases by people on the no-fly list could have a chilling effect on the rights of people on that list to keep and carry guns.
“It’s really hard to carry around a gun because you have to go through a lot of hoops,” Inaba said.
“This law, the law, they are making you do, you have this little red line they have to cross, you are not allowed to carry a firearm if you are on the NICS watch list.
That’s kind of ridiculous.
They don’t have a legal right to put you on the list unless you have an actual criminal record, if that makes sense.”
That’s not a new concern for Inaba.
She believes there should be stricter gun laws for people on such a watch list, like she does.
The law is currently being challenged in federal court, which is currently hearing arguments on whether the law violates the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.
“It is very important that we keep guns out of the hands of people who are on a watch-list.
We are very worried about this,” said Inaba, who said her husband has been involved in domestic violence.
“We have a domestic violence problem.
We’re in a divorce, we’re going through some financial issues.
He’s been on a lot drugs and has been on the drug watch.
And we’ve been trying to get help.”
Virginia’s gun laws are different than those in other states, and the Inabas say the law has no impact on their constitutional rights.
“We don’t feel that this is the same,” said Carrie Ann Inaban.
“There is no way to know what would happen in a court of law, but I do know that it would be very difficult for us to go out and have a gun and have the chance to defend ourselves.
We don’t want to do that.”
The Inabans say they have received a number of threatening phone calls from people who say they know they are on that watch list and have not been allowed to buy a gun.
The couple said they also worry about what it would mean to have to use a gun in a school or other public places.
“If you have kids in a public place, the police could be in a very difficult situation,” said Charlotte Inaba , a retired teacher.
“So it’s really important for us, I think, to have a good gun and not have to worry about that.”
Virginia, like other states where the noose around the Second Amendments hangs, has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
Virginia, with its reputation for gun violence, has more than 600,000 registered gun owners, and more than 80% of the state’s counties have some type of gun registration.
Gun rights advocates say the new law is unnecessary and should be overturned.
“I do not think this is a good idea, and we don’t think it is going to have any impact on any of the gun rights in Virginia,” said Steve Stengel, director of the Institute for Legislative Action.
“There are some gun owners who are concerned about the new restrictions, and that’s fine, and it’s an issue for them to be concerned about.”
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