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North Carolina: Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Heading to the House Floor!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Please Contact Your State Representative Today!

On Thursday, July 2, the House Judiciary I Committee gave House Bill 1132 a favorable report, with no changes to the Senate language.  The bill is now headed for the House floor, where it could be taken up for consideration as early as Monday morning. 

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 about the need to renew at least 45 days prior to their permits’ expiration.  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. 

There has been virtually no stated opposition to this bill during a number of hearings and floor debates, and the version passed by the Senate, and now the House Judiciary I Committee.  In its current form, HB 1132 has the support of both NRA and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, both having worked with legislators to make the Senate improvements. 

Please contact your State Representative immediately and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 1132 as passed by the Senate.  To find your State Representative and their contact information please click here.

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