Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.So did Amber Lueken Barwick, who does domestic violence law training for state prosecutors through the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys."I think fewer people are protected," Lueken Barwick said.The logic behind the law is that they are likely to re-offend and to escalate attacks if armed.
"When I tell legislators," said Paul Gessner, a former Superior Court judge turned legal adviser for the Wake County Sheriff's Office, "they don't always understand or believe me." The issue is obscure enough that at least one local sheriff's office said it was mistakenly denying permits until a training session this summer.Kelly Endo, of the Guilford County Sheriff's Office. Brewer, of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. Vinson for the University of North Carolina's School of Government."There are a lot of people that fall into that category," said Caldwell, of the Johnston County Sheriff's Office "We don't track it at all," said Lt. "It's going to be a large number," said Jeff Welty, a law professor who's written about U. "Those are very common convictions." It's unclear whether North Carolina is the only state where this incongruity with federal law is an issue, but Everytown for Gun Safety, a national gun-control group, said it knows of no other state in a similar situation.So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.— North Carolina may be the only state in the nation where a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction doesn't trigger a lifetime federal ban on owning a gun.