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New NC crime measures take effect Sunday

Posted November 29, 2013
Updated December 1, 2013

— More than 40 new laws are scheduled to take effect on Sunday, Dec. 1, most dealing with criminal offenses and punishments. Some of this year's list came straight from the headlines.

SHOOT GUN INSIDE/TO INCITE FEAR:  In October 2012, 20-year-old Justin Murphy opened fire inside a Walmart in Kernersville, sending terrified shoppers running for cover. No one was injured. Under existing law, Murphy could only be charged with a misdemeanor, so he was able to keep his gun. As of Sunday, firing or trying to fire a gun inside a building will become a felony - and could cost the shooter his or her gun ownership rights.

KILAH'S LAW:  Named for Kilah Davenport, a Union County toddler beaten nearly to death by her stepfather, Kilah's Law increases criminal penalties across the board for child abuse, increasing the maximum sentence to 33 years. It also requires child abuse convictions to be clearly labeled as such in criminal records.

CAYLEE'S LAW:  Named for Caylee Anthony, the Florida toddler who vanished and was later found dead, Caylee's Law makes it a felony for parents or caregivers to fail to report a missing child to authorities within 24 hours. It also makes it a crime to fail to report child abuse that causes serious injury.

School Bus Sign; Stop More than 40 new NC laws take effect Sunday

NC SCHOOL BUS SAFETY ACT:  It's a story WRAL has brought you too many times recently – schoolchildren hurt or killed at a bus stop when nearby drivers fail to obey the "Stop" arm. Starting Sunday, drivers who pass a stopped school bus will face higher fines and penalties, and can even lose their licenses. The law also encourages school districts to use the money from the higher fines to buy video cameras for buses.

RESPECT OUR FALLEN HEROES: This new law takes aim at Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based religious group that travels the country to stage disruptive protests at funerals, often targeting fallen servicemembers. The state's disorderly conduct law now requires more distance between protestors and a funeral, memorial service, or processional, and it bans protests starting from 2 hours before until 2 hours after such an event. It also makes second and third offenses a felony. 

LILY'S LAW: The new measure allows murder charges to be brought against someone who injures a child in utero if the child dies of those injuries after birth. It's named after Lillian, the daughter of Danna Fitzgerald of Mebane. Fitzgerald was 27 weeks pregnant when she was shot in the abdomen by her then-estranged husband. Fitzgerald survived the shooting. The child, Lily, was born, but later died of the injuries she sustained.

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  • wildpig777 Dec 3, 11:05 a.m.

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    "hope they don't use the law about firing in a building against a homeowner who is defending his/her home"

    "They won't, and frankly, that's a ridiculously paranoid thing to worry about." -- jackaroe123

    Paranoid? Nope, you are far too trusting. Laws should be clearly defined to eliminate loopholes.

    winemaker81

    law enforcement in nc will support ANY LAW that limits or restricts YOUR RIGHT TO OWN A FIREARM.

  • wildpig777 Dec 3, 11:03 a.m.

    new anti guns law the anti-gun gang called the nc sheriffs organization supports. call your local county sheriff and ask him why law enforcement wants to disarm citizens.....

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 3, 10:17 a.m.

    You would hope these new laws would be a deterent to crimminal activity, yet I'm willing to bet those who will commit these crime won't be detered much. I also for see more tax dollars going toward housing these crimminal for the additional time given.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 3, 10:05 a.m.

    Yes I'm lazy, would of liked a link to the laws with out searching the state's web site.

  • winemaker81 Dec 2, 12:03 p.m.

    "hope they don't use the law about firing in a building against a homeowner who is defending his/her home"

    "They won't, and frankly, that's a ridiculously paranoid thing to worry about." -- jackaroe123

    Paranoid? Nope, you are far too trusting. Laws should be clearly defined to eliminate loopholes.

  • winemaker81 Dec 2, 12:00 p.m.

    "Interesting that they passed a gun law - I honestly didn't think that was possible in today's NRA owned by the gun manufacturers environment, I wonder why they let them." -- melanie3

    Nope. The NRA is in favor of punishment of criminals. The NRA fights against punishment of the innocent.

  • dhamm Dec 2, 11:37 a.m.

    Is the school bus law for every bus painted yellow, or just the official school buses. I pass a yellow bus every day that stops traffic, but it is for after care or something and is an older bus with nothing painted on the side?

  • Ijaz Fahted Dec 2, 10:35 a.m.

    "Hmmmm... 40 new laws but I can't find a listing of all of them. Seems like it shouldn't be this hard to find a listing.

    Yep, so far I've only found similarly lacking articles on other news outlets.

  • Ijaz Fahted Dec 2, 10:29 a.m.

    "Members from Jonesboro church should not even be allowed in the state!!"

    It's the WestBoro Baptist church, not Jonesboro. I'm sure the good folks of Jonesboro would prefer not to be confused with those animals in Westboro.

  • tracmister Dec 2, 6:01 a.m.

    Maximum's are a start. We need a mandatory increase in the minimums. The school bus law is also a start but it should be mandatory loss of license in any incident that results in injury.

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