Raleigh, N.C. — Earlier this year, Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, outlined a state constitutional amendment he planned to file that would restrict what limits the state could place in gun ownership.
Titled "The Gun Rights Amendment," House Bill 246 makes good on that promise.
The constitutional amendment language says that person with a valid concealed handgun permit can be prohibited from carrying it only in seven specific circumstances. It would also add language reading, "In accordance with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and this Section, the State shall never engage in a general confiscation of the weapons of its citizens and shall never cooperate in the effort of any other entity to do so."
Along with the amendment, the bill contains several changes to state statute that would allow those with concealed handgun permits to carry firearms at parades and in establishments where alcohol is sold and consumed.