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Rep. Budd Co-Sponsors Bill To Award Congressional Gold Medals To 13 Fallen Servicemembers PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 08:46
Congressman Ted Budd (R-NC) joined more than 150 House members to help introduce legislation that would posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. military servicemembers who were killed in Afghanistan last week. The bill was led by Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI).


Rep. Budd said in a statement: 
“These brave men and women put themselves in harm's way to save others. They are the best of our country and we are forever in their debt. I am proud to help introduce a bipartisan bill that would award these heroes with Congress’s highest honor.”
Jacksonville Couple Guilty Of Transporting Illegal Aliens To Camp Lejeune By Boat PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 August 2021 08:26
A Jacksonville husband and wife duo pleaded guilty today to transporting illegal aliens onto Camp Lejeune Marine Base by boat.


According to court documents, Timothy Scott Belcher, 56 and Georgina Belcher 63 orchestrated the transportation of three foreign nationals illegally residing in the United States onto Camp Lejeune Marine Base by circumventing the base gate and transporting them from Jacksonville, NC, to the Wilson Boat dock on base.


The three aliens were employed by a drywall company owned by Georgina Belcher, which had a contract with the U.S. Military.
The Belcher’s pleaded guilty to Bringing in and Harboring Certain Aliens and face a possible sentence of not more than five years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, and three years’ supervised release at the time of sentencing, scheduled for the November 16, 2021 term of court. 


“The Nation's critical infrastructure provides the essential services that underpin American society. Proactive and coordinated efforts are necessary to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure – including our Military Bases, Airports, and other areas that are vital to public confidence and the Nation's safety,” said G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina who made the announcement after Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the plea. Homeland Security Investigations and the Marine Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Diaz is prosecuting the case.
Tillis Blasts Decision To Exit Afghanistan By August 31 PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Wednesday, 25 August 2021 08:21
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statement on President Biden’s decision not to move the August 31 deadline to evacuate all Americans and Afghans:
“This is a disastrous decision by President Biden that was cemented by his administration’s prior ill-conceived timeline agreement with the Taliban instead of the conditions on the ground. We deserve to know the full extent of the agreement with the Taliban, including the arbitrary and inflexible deadline that led us to the humiliating point of the Taliban dictating terms to the U.S. and setting a red line.
“To be clear, our servicemembers and military leaders on the ground are doing an extraordinary job in spite of the limited authority and direction provided to them by the Biden administration. We have seen their sense of duty, urgency, and compassion that we frankly are not consistently seeing from our civilian leaders.
“My office is assisting hundreds of people still stranded in Afghanistan and trying the best we can to cut red tape and get them evacuated safely. The situation is dire. My office is receiving heartbreaking alerts from SIVs that the Taliban is going door-to-door tracking them and their families down and they have no way to get to the airport.
“Time is running out and we cannot leave our fellow Americans and Afghan allies behind. We need our commander-in-chief to start acting like a leader and use any means necessary to get the job done.”
Tillis Co-Sponsors Legislation To Increase Penalties For Robbing Gun Stores PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 23 July 2021 10:38
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Protection Act of 2021 to address the rapid increase in the number of “smash-and-grab” thefts targeted at federally licensed gun dealers.
“Protecting Second Amendment rights is always a top priority of mine. It’s important that we protect gun shops from those who target their store and that we protect every citizen from illegal guns on the streets,” said Senator Tillis. “This legislation will enhance criminal penalties for those who steal a firearm from a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer. I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation, and am working to ensure that law-abiding North Carolinians are safe from firearm theft.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reported a 43 percent increase in the number of FFL burglaries and a 15 percent decrease in the number of FFL robberies from 2019 to 2020. While the number of robberies decreased, the number of firearms taken during robberies increased by 53 percent. In 2020, 6,269 firearms were taken in nationwide FFL burglaries and robberies. Of those, 165 firearms were stolen from FFLs in South Carolina.
The FFL Protection Act of 2021:
Increases the statutory maximum penalty for knowingly stealing any firearm in an FFL’s business inventory from 10 to 20 years.
Imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years for burglary from an FFL and 5 years for robbery from an FFL.
Criminalizes the attempted theft of a firearm from a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector.

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