Just when it seemed it was safe to protest in North Carolina
, a piece of legislation that would shield people who hit protesters with their cars from civil liability passed its second reading in the state House Wednesday. Go ahead and read that again. We'll give you a moment to wrap your head around it.
was sponsored by Representatives Justin Burr, R-Montgomery and Stanly, and Chris Mills, R-Onslow and Pender, and moved through the second reading 68–48. A roll call has not yet been made available, but here's a look at this thing, which basically says that if a person is "exercising due care" while driving through a protest (because lots of people do that), he or she can hit people who are "blocking traffic" in a public street or highway with their car:
Should the bill pass its third reading, it would be sent to the Senate and, if passed in that chamber, would end up on Governor Roy Cooper's desk.
Might be time to stock up on helmets.