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North Carolina: Three Pro-Gun Bills Awaiting Action

Friday, June 26, 2009

The North Carolina House of Representatives has not taken any action taken on Senate Bill 928, the “Castle Doctrine” bill.  This bill was referred to three separate committees, the first being the House Judiciary I Committee.  That committee is chaired by anti-gun State Representative Deborah Ross (D-38), and she appears to be unwilling to set a date for a hearing.  Please continue to contact Representative Ross and urge her to allow this critical legislation—which received overwhelming, bi-partisan support in the Senate—to be heard. Representative Ross can be reached at 919-733-5773 or email Deborah.Ross@ncleg.netAlso, please contact your State Representative and ask them to urge House leadership to bring SB 928 up for consideration. Your Representative can be reached by phone at 919-733-7928.  To identify your Representative, please click here.

 

House Bill 473, which would allow magistrates with a Right-to-Carry permit to carry concealed firearms into courthouses while on official business, was passed by the Senate Tuesday, June 13 by a 35 to 11 vote.  Please call your State Representatives and respectfully urge them to concur with the Senate language and support HB 473. To contact your Representatives, please click here.

House Bill 1132 was amended to make technical corrections, then passed Third Reading in the Senate on Wednesday, June 24.  This bill states that if a Right-to-Carry permit holder applies to his or her sheriff for renewal of a permit within 90 days of the permit's expiration, and the renewal application is not approved or denied by the expiration date, the permit will remain valid until the renewal decision is final.  HB 1132 also requires sheriffs to notify permittees when their permits are about to expire.  Finally, should a permittee fail to apply to renew a permit before the expiration date, the permittee may apply within 60 days following the expiration of the permit, and ask the sheriff to waive the requirement of taking another firearm safety training course.  The training requirement is currently mandatory for all new permits, even those recently expired.  House Bill 1132 is now scheduled to head to the House for concurrence.  Please contact your State Representatives and urge them to concur with the Senate language. To contact your State Representative, please click here.

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