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Cooper criticizes concealed weapons proposal

Posted March 19, 2013

Attorney General Roy Cooper

— North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on Tuesday criticized legislation filed in the House last week that would limit a sheriff's ability to weigh someone's mental health before deciding whether to issue a concealed handgun permit.

House Bill 310 would eliminate a provision requiring people to provide their county sheriff with a disclosure form concerning their mental capacity and would prohibit a sheriff from gathering "character affidavits, additional background checks, photographs, or other information" before issuing a permit.

Federal law prohibits those who have been committed for mental health purposes from buying and possessing firearms.

Court clerks in North Carolina must enter mental health commitments into a national database used for gun permit background checks, but Cooper said sheriffs should be able to consider other information as well.

“Sheriffs checking mental health information before issuing concealed weapon permits is a common-sense safety measure that should remain the law," he said in a statement. "Sheriffs know their communities and they should be able to do background checks on people who want to carry concealed weapons.”

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  • ghuff Mar 21, 2013

    So our corrupt, incompetent Atty. General wants more UN-Constitutional Laws, and low-information types like Wirklich walk willingly into Big-Government servitude.

    Sorry folks, the 2nd Amendment says "Shall NOT be infringed", what part of that simple statement is difficult to understand? Unless it is by due process of law, Mr. Cooper, again, is legally ignorant. But with all the illegality he let's pass from the leftists in this town, it doesn't surprise anyone. That man should be in jail for a long, long time for the damage he has let go and participated in since he slithered into office.

  • Wirklich Mar 20, 2013

    “Sheriffs checking mental health information before issuing concealed weapon permits is a common-sense safety measure that should remain the law. Sheriffs know their communities and they should be able to do background checks on people who want to carry concealed weapons.”

    Thanks Attorney General Cooper! Need more common sense checks on this extreme and dysfunctional legislative body.