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House OKs concealed gun bill, despite FOP opposition

Posted June 8

— Despite opposition from the state's Fraternal Order of Police, the House on Thursday gave final approval to legislation to loosen North Carolina's concealed-carry laws.

A press release dated Tuesday but given to reporters Thursday morning says the executive board of the state lodge held an emergency meeting Monday evening and voted to actively oppose House Bill 746.

According to the release, the organization "rarely takes a position on such bills, but its leadership says this most recent bill goes too far."

In a statement, FOP state President Randy Hagler said the group's main concern is allowing concealed carry without a concealed carry permit.

"Under the current law, an officer knows a person with a permit has been vetted by the Sheriff of his or her county of residence. That tells an officer a lot," Hagler said.

He said that, under House Bill 746, it would be up to the officer in the field to figure out whether someone is or is not legally entitled to carry a concealed weapon.

"It's just not workable," he said.

The North Carolina Association of Police Chiefs is also on record opposing the bill, as are some county sheriffs.

The House voted 64-51 without debate in favor of the bill, sending it to the Senate.

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  • Norman Lewis Aug 3, 4:31 p.m.
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    I suppose the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States is a problem. All legal citizens are guaranteed the right to carry arms for what ever legal purpose they feel necessary. No entity, government or otherwise, is allowed to restrict the law abiding citizen, to carry whatever weapon they feel necessary to protect their freedom. Unless you happen to be a Republican, unless you happen to be a Liberal, unless you happen to be someone that does not agree with the political climate of the day. I have no problem at all with laws causing extreme penalties for illegal possessors of weapons. As long as the "illegal" status" is based on Constitutionally LIMITED grounds and not on the political winds of the day.

  • D. Aaron Hill Jun 9, 5:46 p.m.
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    If you read the bill, it still allows you to obtain a permit for the purpose of reciprocity

  • William James Jun 9, 12:46 p.m.
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    Police are still totally free to arrest any person who can't legally possess or carry a firearm like a felon, illegal, or someone convicted of other crimes that carry the restriction.

  • Steve Faulkner Jun 9, 10:23 a.m.
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    My big question on this is if NC residents no longer have to get a CCW permit, how will the existing reciprocity with other states work? How will the other states know if you are legally carrying?

  • Daryl Mac Jun 8, 7:33 p.m.
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    It makes it harder to prosecute people who carry guns illegally. If a police officer sees someone with a gun, the officer would no longer has the right to ask, since there are no regulation to who can carry concealed. A criminal can carry a gun anytime without having to wooryy that an officer may notice a bulge.

  • Tim Orr Jun 8, 7:14 p.m.
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    I really wish people would actually educate themselves on a topic before they form an opinion. If you're not a gun owner...don't comment. If you are and you're making these comments, you should reconsider your ownership.

  • Tim Orr Jun 8, 7:13 p.m.
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    You are way off base. There is a big difference between the permit you get to BUY a handgun and a permit you get to carry it concealed. Just because you have that permit to purchase does NOT mean you are legal to carry it concealed.

  • Tim Orr Jun 8, 7:09 p.m.
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    Actually, the biggest advantage of CCW is the fact that we DON'T have to get a permit for each handgun we purchase.

  • Tim Orr Jun 8, 7:08 p.m.
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    We have apparently elected officials that know more about gun ownership than you do.

  • Tim Orr Jun 8, 7:07 p.m.
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    Really? Why? Please explain to me how this is going to make LEGAL gun owners more dangerous? Also how is this going to make it easier for CRIMINALS to get guns? I'm waiting to hear from an enlightened person...one I'm betting doesn't know a thing about gun ownership.

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