Bill on concealed-carry permit clears House, heads to Senate

Craig Jackson said he can understand why some people might feel safer if House Bill 746 passes.

Numerous arguments centered around differing interpretations of the Second Amendment. Required gun training classes can also cost hundreds of dollars, a barrier to exercising a freedom enshrined in the state and federal constitutions, gun advocates said.

During the debate on gun laws, Rep.

The legislation would lift a requirement that handgun owners obtain a concealed pistol license with a $100 fee to legally carry the weapon in public.

“Criminals do not obey the law”. The 12 states where permitless carry is already law are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia. “That is why they’re called criminals”, Chatfield said.

We are incredibly disappointed that lawmakers in Raleigh voted to water down the concealed carry weapons permitting system.

“Our 18-year-olds are allowed to sign up for war, so why wouldn’t they be allowed to carry a weapon?”

It will still be illegal for convicted felons or individuals with histories of mental illness to hide carry.

“This is risky for our law enforcement and families”.

Kalamazoo Democrat Jon Hoadley pushed colleagues to vote no. “And getting a permit’s a good thing”.

Supporters say it would extend constitutional rights to gun owners.

Royal thinks this will be a positive for gun owners.

Rep. Michelle Hoitenga, a Republican from Manton, says she knows of law-abiding citizens without licenses who get in trouble when their clothing accidentally covers their pistol when they are open-carrying.

The original Republican-backed concealed carry law passed in 2000 and sparked fears by opponents of a spike in shootings – something that did not happen.

Ledford said a permit and some training isn’t too much to ask.

The bills – HB 4416-4419 – now move to the Senate for consideration, although Amber McCann, spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, said there is no timeframe set to take up the bill.

A retired police chief, Faircloth noted that many law enforcement officials oppose the idea of loosening “concealed carry” restrictions and read a letter of opposition by the man who holds his own former office, High Point Police Chief Kenneth Shultz.

The bill passed on a 65-54 vote, with all of the House Democrats and eight Republicans voting against the legislation, which would no longer require a permit to carry a concealed handgun in locations where it’s now permissible to openly carry a gun.

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