RALEIGH, N.C. – Gov. Pat McCrory signed two bills that drew intense scrutiny and debate Monday, one an abortion bill and another a gun bill that allows guns on college campuses.
McCrory signed HB 937, which amends state firearms laws. That law had been vehemently opposed by college leaders, and UNC system president Tom Ross voiced lengthy concerns in the spring.
Ross said the potential for tragedy “far outweighs any potential benefit or convenience to concealed-carry permit holders.”
Seems like Mr. Ross is failing to realize an important factor. The tragedies that he speaks of are always carried out by people who are breaking the law. Gun-free zones don’t stop them, but a law abiding citizen with a concealed weapon CAN stop them.
Here is what the new gun law will do in North Carolina: (From NRA-ILA)
-Allows Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) holders to lawfully carry their personal protection firearm into a restaurant that serves alcohol.
-Removes the prohibition on CHP holders from carrying into a place where tickets are sold for admission.
-Fixes the problem of anti-gun localities overstepping their authority regarding restricting CHP holders from carrying firearms into locally controlled parks.
-Allows CHP holders to transport their personal protection handguns in their motor vehicle while on all school property, as well as allow them to store those handguns in their locked vehicles while parked on school property.
-Ensures the privacy of CHP holders by allowing access to the database of permittees only for law enforcement purposes.
-Removes the prohibition on CHP holders carrying their personal protection firearms during a parade or funeral.
-Brings North Carolina in compliance with the standards set forth in the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2007—a critical mental health reform.
-Removes the prohibition on using firearms with sound suppressing devices while otherwise lawfully hunting game.
-HB 937 is the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill passed in North Carolina since 1995, when the original Right-to-Carry law was enacted.
In announcing he had signed the bill, McCrory said, “This legislation prohibits guns in classrooms, dorms, and administrative buildings on college campuses. “Additionally, this legislation gives bar owners the authority to prohibit guns in their establishments. Following my threat of a veto, we worked closely with law enforcement officials across the state so that changes were made to the original legislation. This ensured that permitting is still required for a concealed carry permit and is implemented at the local level.”
While other states are taking a step back in gun rights, it’s good to see one that is taking a solid step in the right direction. What do you think about this new law? Any NC residents in the house?
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