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Omnibus gun bill passes Senate

Posted June 13, 2013

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— The state Senate has voted a second time to approve a bill that makes dozens of changes to the state's firearms laws.

House Bill 937 increases the penalties for some gun-related crimes, including upgrading the offenses for concealed handgun permit holders who drink and carry a weapon. 

But Sen. Buck Newton, R-Wilson, said on the floor of the Senate Wednesday that the most important provision is to extend Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens.

The biggest change in the bill, which is opposed by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association and Attorney General Roy Cooper, does away with the requirement that residents who do not have a concealed handgun permit get permission from their local sheriff before buying a handgun. 

There was little debate Thursday. The measure now returns to the House, which will have the option of accepting the Senate changes or sending the bill to a conference committee.

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  • submoa Jun 17, 12:47 p.m.

    I have not yet had a case where 335 ft.lbs of torque was necessary in my truck, but I'm sure glad I have it. By statistics my truck is way way way more likely to kill someone than my military style rifle, espcially with all that power in my truck. I have to register my truck, because owning a truck is not a right, it's a privilege. I don't have to ask my government for permission to exercise my rights. I do have to ask them to grant me a privilege.

  • jpd9930 Jun 17, 12:08 a.m.

    "What people can own isn't based on your opinion!"

    I never claimed it was.
    Plenty Coups

    Not a legitimate reason that makes owning them necessary in my opinion-Plenty Coups

    "I have never even heard of a case where assault rifles were necessary for home defense." -Plenty Coups (making a case for not owning something the average citizen doesnt own anyway)

    all that looks like YOUR opinion of what I should own...

  • jpd9930 Jun 16, 11:50 p.m.

    "I have never even heard of a case where assault rifles were necessary for home defense." -Plenty Coups

    Self-defense is not limited to the home. Self-defense is not limited to humans either. The funny thing is very very very very few civilians have assault rifles. Assault rifle cost and the lengthy background checks are more than most citizens care to endure. Tony Montana is a movie character.

  • Dnut Jun 15, 8:36 p.m.

    You don't get to vote on equal rights.
    A lesson the supreme court has had to teach the south over and over and over and over again.
    junkmail5
    June 14, 2013 3:42 p.m.
    >>>The South was found later on to have had the RIGHT to succeed, and Lincoln found that his suspension of Habeas Corpus was unconstitutional! Hey, it's a free country, but YOU and no one else get's the right to pick and choose what is and is not a an equal or fundamental right, oh, I want to marry my dog, we're free right? Ain't gonna happen. Oh, and if you don't like the SOUTH, then you can leave!

  • oldaltar Jun 14, 8:22 p.m.

    Gun Homicide Rate Down from 7.0% to 3.6% since 1993: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/07/gun-homicide-rate-down-49-since-1993-peak-public-unaware/

    As I stated how much more violence will it take? We can do better. In 2013, homicide is the #2 cause of death of 15-24 year olds in America. It is not about winning or losing. That is your mindset. It is about right and wrong. Morality versus immorality. http://www.causes.com/putthegunsdown

  • Jameson Jun 14, 7:49 p.m.

    oldalter...

    Gun Homicide Rate Down from 7.0% to 3.6% since 1993: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/07/gun-homicide-rate-down-49-since-1993-peak-public-unaware/

    all while:
    Concealed carry has been adopted all across the US since 1986 to now include from only a couple to almost all states as shall issue for concealed carry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rtc2.gif

    Dont be a sore loser. Accept the known facts. The fearmongering 'warnings' that concealed carry permitting would lead to increased gun violence has been proven flat wrong. These 'warnings' about concealed carry permitting that we have been hearing since the 1980's have all been long proven wrong, and overwhelmingly so yet we still have people like you comically warning of mass mayhem and violence in the face of facts that show otherwise.

    THANK YOU NC STATE LEGISLATURE FOR RATIONAL LEGISLATION! :)

  • oldaltar Jun 14, 7:24 p.m.

    'However there will be some who will never change.' - THAT PART IS EXACTLY RIGHT! Jameson

    Even when mass mayhem and violence occurs in our nation, your voices get even louder for more guns and less gun regulations never taken in account the reality of what has already taken place in our country because of the availibility of certain types of guns. Your statement alone proves that you think mass meyhem and violence has not already taken place. How much more gun violence and killing of innocent children has to take place for you to consider it to be enough violence and meyhem? How much more? Are you one to call good evil and evil good? I guess time will time who is on the side of what is right and just and not what other states are doing with everyone doing what is right in their own eyes.

  • Jameson Jun 14, 7:06 p.m.

    "I am afraid that many of you will have to learn the hard way. It is going to take some heartaches for many of you to come to terms with the truth.:" -oldaltar

    We have already learned ... that these provisions/changes are already in place in most of the other states and work well. We've learned that the 'mass mayhem and violence will result' and 'hard times and heartaches' fearmongering has been proven false, and overwhelmingly so.

    'However there will be some who will never change.'
    - THAT PART IS EXACTLY RIGHT!

  • oldaltar Jun 14, 6:40 p.m.

    So the next time you hear Obama, Bloomberg, Feinstein, Schumer, etc say 'weapons of war dont belong on our streets,' they are telling us all directly that they dont support the second amendment protections, because those protections are SPECIFICALLY about weapons of war! Jameson

    What!

  • Jameson Jun 14, 6:20 p.m.

    "I have never even heard of a case where assault rifles were necessary for home defense." -Plenty Coups

    and you have never heard that the second amendment is about home defense. That is only a welcome by-product. It is about the civilian ownership of weapons fit for a well-armed, trained, and prepared militia capable of doing battle against other groups. The primary purpose of second amendment protections is the battlefield arm, not the hunting arm, not the self defense arm, not the target arm.

    So the next time you hear Obama, Bloomberg, Feinstein, Schumer, etc say 'weapons of war dont belong on our streets,' they are telling us all directly that they dont support the second amendment protections, because those protections are SPECIFICALLY about weapons of war!

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