Please contact your state Senator TODAY and politely urge them to support HB 562!
On Wednesday, June 17, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed House Bill 562 on a bipartisan 78-37 vote. HB 562 now moves to the Senate where NRA will work to ensure passage of this bill that would advance Second Amendment rights for North Carolinians. Although permit-to-purchase repeal has been removed because of misinformation put out by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, this legislation contains many pro-gun provisions, such as:
- Requiring the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) of a jurisdiction to certify the transfer or making of a firearm in a timely manner.
- Clarifying the exemption for keeping a firearm in a vehicle by a person with a valid Concealed Handgun Permit while the vehicle is on the property of a public school.
- Establishing an affirmative defense for an individual in certain situations where he or she uses a firearm on prohibited school property "in response to a threatening situation in which deadly force was justified..."
- Improving the existing Range Protection Law, which would help to protect established shooting ranges from new local ordinances designed to shut them down.
- Improving the issuing process and removing unnecessary disqualifiers for Concealed Handgun Permits (CHP).
- Lowering the penalty for carrying a firearm with a valid CHP on posted property from a misdemeanor to an infraction.
- Removing the prohibition on using a lawfully possessed short barreled rifle for hunting
- Strengthening North Carolina’s preemption statute.