Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More Places to Ban Sex Offenders (Asheville, N.C.) - Sex offender bill gets specific.

Legislators moved today to reverse what they say could be unconstitutional limitations on sex offenders' movements. They want to scale back a law they passed last year that now is keeping some sex offenders from church, and could also ban them from some restaurants, libraries and stores.

Trying to avoid further unintended consequences, lawmakers this time are getting more specific about where they don't want sex offenders to go, including:
• amusement parks.
• arcades.
• toy stores or toy departments.
(want to shop for a Christmas gift for your nephew? The government will arrest you)
• movie theaters that are showing G-rated or PG-rated films.
(want to go to a cinema with a friend? The government will arrest you)
• colleges, unless the offender is a student there.
(want to attend an art exhibit or concert at the local college? The government will arrest you)
• gyms and fitness centers.
(want to get fit and live a healthy life? The government will arrest you)

• state and county fairs.
• school bus stops.
• libraries during children's programs.

These add to existing restrictions on schools, children's museums, child care centers and nurseries.

The proposal by Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, specifically allows offenders to attend places of worship, as long as religious leaders know about their status and give them permission.
(want to go to church? The government will arrest you if you don't tell your pastor you're legal history)

The proposal was unveiled and endorsed by a House committee today. It could receive a House vote this afternoon.

We urge all readers in North Carolina to contact this idiot legislator, Rick Glazier at:
Phone: 919-733-5601
Legislative Mailing Address: NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2215
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096