Gun opponents resigned to firearms bill's passage

Posted July 23, 2015

— A bill that would loosen state restrictions on who can carry a concealed weapon and where they can be carried is headed to the Senate floor after clearing the Senate Judiciary II Committee on Thursday morning.

House Bill 562 was the subject of fierce debate and several delays in the House, where some controversial provisions were eventually removed before the chamber passed it last month.

On Thursday, gun-control advocates appeared to be resigned to the bill's passage and asked only that senators not reinsert a provision that would eliminate the state's pistol purchase permit program or make other changes to the legislation.

A representative of the National Rifle Association also backed the scaled-down bill, calling it "not a perfect bill but a very solid pro-gun bill."

Sen. Bill Cook, R-Dare, complained about a section that allows the agriculture secretary to block State Fair attendees from bringing concealed weapons to the fairgrounds.

"Why does he get that great authority?" Cook asked.

Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, explained that Agriculture Secretary Steve Troxler doesn't want guns amid the throngs or people at the fair, and that provision was part of the negotiations in getting the bill through the House.

Likewise, Tarte said in response to a question from Sen. Paul Lowe, D-Forsyth, limits on what information is included in the pistol purchase permit application has been negotiated.

"The intent is uniformity across. It's the exact same information that we're requesting of everybody, so we have a fair process," Tarte said. "We take out, for lack of a better term, the politics and discretion."

The bill passed on a close voice vote, but no one asked for a count of hands.


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  • David Bunn Jul 24, 2015
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    This is a joke. There is no longer a need for the local sheriff parceling out permits.

  • Pat Orsban Jul 24, 2015
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    Hmmm, I seem to remember Democrats saying the same thing about segregation and equal rights Hell, they even formed the Dixiecrats to stop it. Poor old Democrats, nobody lets them infringe rights anymore.

  • Greg Tarpley Jul 23, 2015
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    "A bill that would loosen state restrictions..."

    Why is is always worded this way? Don't bother answering. It's a rhetorical question. We all know the media is heavily biased against gun owners. Why not word as such -- "A bill that would restore some gun rights..."

    The media is in the pocket of the liberals. No one with a functioning brain takes you all seriously anymore.

  • Dati Pemby Jul 23, 2015
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    Who cares how much the NRA chipped in? The NRA is nothing more than it's members; doctors, lawyers, police, military and very likely your neighbors. I'm glad my money went to strengthening gun laws in this great state.

    This nonsensical notion that the NRA is this stand alone influential behemoth is a liberal fallacy. A fallacy that you seem to have subscribed to; hook, line and sinker.

  • Derek Fisher Jul 23, 2015
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    No gun law would have prevented past tragedies. Please refer to Chicago with the worst crime rate in the country with the toughest gun laws.

  • Larry Wiandt Jul 23, 2015
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    You're right, why do we not learn that these "gun free zones" create areas that lunatics can randomly shoot people while know that no one is capable of stopping them?

  • Sally Bethune Jul 23, 2015
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    Wonder how much the NRA chipped in? Why do we not learn from past tragedies?
    What will it take, a gunman in the GA or governor's office?