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McCrory signs abortion, gun rights changes into law

Posted July 29, 2013
Updated July 30, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory

— Gov. Pat McCrory signed 18 bills Monday, including two of the more controversial of the recently ended legislative session – those dealing with gun rights and abortion clinics.

Supporters of Senate Bill 353, including the governor, have said it is about raising safety standards among the doctors and clinics that perform abortions. Thousands of petitions delivered to McCrory Abortion law breaks McCrory promise

Abortion-rights advocates say that provisions of the law, such as excluding abortion coverage from health plans offered to city and county employees, would further limit the availability of and access to the procedure statewide. They argue that, in signing the measure, McCrory is breaking a campaign promise not to allow any further limits on abortion rights. 

"This law does not further limit access, and those who contend it does are more interested in politics than the health and safety of our citizens,” McCrory said Monday. The changes become law immediately.

The gun rights law, expands the places where those with legal permits can carry a concealed firearm to include bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, although they are not supposed to consume alcohol. It also allows permit holders to keep firearms locked in their car when parked on college or public school campuses.

The measure seals gun purchase and permit records, so that lists compiled by law by weapons dealers and county sheriffs – which include names, addresses and other identifying information – are no longer public record.

The law also strengthens penalties for those who violate firearms laws and will increase the amount of information, such as mental health problems, in the state's background check system. It goes into effect Oct. 1.

McCrory characterized the law as a balance of the rights of gun and property owners.

“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," he said.

The governor also signed into law stiffer penalties for human trafficking and created a system for families of with disabilities to get public funds to send their children to private schools.

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  • Hokies94 Jul 31, 6:16 p.m.

    With the sweeping changes affecting teachers and educators in our State, and all of the voter changes, and etc... I feel Governor McCrory has over stepped his power along with the Rep's. I see him as a One-Termer. Just like Bev. He and his supporters are overzealous leaders, and they are causing great harm to the State of North Carolina.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 31, 3:49 p.m.

    @readme, I'm with you. Law abiding citizens and their guns are fine, IMO.

    Do you agree that there should be some limits and regulations? full auto? flame throwers? grenade launchers? How about background checks so violent felons and mentally ill don't obtain these full autos?

    Reasonable?

  • readme Jul 31, 1:07 p.m.

    As a libertarian, let me just say I am annoyed when the government tries to get between a woman and her doctor and also a law abiding citizen and his gun. This is where the right and the left are both wrong. Why can't more people be like me and oppose a government that tries to take away anyone's rights, even when they aren't ones I care about? This seems so obvious to me.

  • bubbaredneck Jul 31, 12:18 p.m.

    You go McCrory! Thanks for doing this! At least now people have an opportunity to do something when one of the crazies decides to go to a school and start shooting. At least we will have a chance for protection because the police force is unreliable.
    And for you "vote out" People. You don't have a very good understanding of the bad shape this world is in right now evidently. Keep clinging to your all is well and happy thoughts! (IPayYouPay)

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 31, 12:16 p.m.

    There's nothing Big Government about creating new laws to restrict what people do with their own bodies.

    Nope. Nothing at all. Insert your religion right there in between a woman and her doctor. (or in your bedroom) No problem.

    But, try to tell *us* what food we can eat or how much we pay for gas or what kind of guns we can buy...well...now... THAT is Big Gubmint I tell ya and needs to stop right now, mister!

  • IPayYouPay Jul 31, 10:22 a.m.

    Mr. McCrory, as an unaffiliated who did not vote for you, I was thinking, in the beginning of this "situation" (election), that this just might be what this state needs. OH BOY WAS I FOOLED. I was willing to vote for you next election if all went well. All you've done is show your stupidity. And to the commentor at 8:06 am: I hear a lot of "voting out" of Mr. McCrory - stand by, sweetheart.

  • Can't_Be_Banned Jul 31, 8:06 a.m.

    As for "why is everyone "so miserable", they'll be fine as soon as we get rid of our extreme new state legislature. They don't want to move, they just happen to believe that they deserve better quality government. I agree with them.
    ILoveDowntownRaleigh

    Im not miserable at all. Its just whiney libs who think everything is a tragedy. If you do get back in power I hope you have learned some lessons. But you haven't, you waste all kids of money trying to undo things you dont like instead of just moving on. There is a reason you got voted out, try and remember that. Some of your ideas and policies are total garbage

  • booga1128 Jul 30, 10:09 p.m.

    Thanks for signing the gun bill I'm glAd u did and for everyone who keeps saying it will cause more shootings it is not the legal ones carrying u hAve to worry about its the criminals you have to be scared of. I for one thanks Pat

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jul 30, 7:58 p.m.

    I do appreciate your postings, bartmeister! Have a great night!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jul 30, 7:57 p.m.

    Also I stand by my statement that bad times here are good times in others areas of the country, especially economically. - bartmeister

    I have traveled to 46 of the 50 states. My experience has been very different than yours. That's all I can say.

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