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Senators add gun background checks, economic development language back to corrections bill

Posted July 30, 2014

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— Clerks of court will have to at least try to report certain information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, under a technical corrections bill the Senate sent back to the House on Wednesday morning. 

The sprawling measure is nearly the same as when it rolled out of committee Tuesday, but senators made two key changes. 

As originally drafted, the measure would have deleted a requirement that had been part of the 2013 omnibus gun law. That measure, which generally granted firearms owners broader rights, also required more stringent background checks. Among those requirements was that clerks of court report to NICS any relevant information that came to their office. Clerks said that requirement was too broad and would sweep up a lot of unwanted information.

"I do not think repeal is the appropriate way to go," said Sen. Buck Newton, R-Wilson, who was the lead author of the 2013 firearms measure.

Newton expressed frustration with the Administrative Office of the Courts for not highlighting potential problems earlier. Instead of exempting clerks from the requirement, he put forward an amendment that would delay the new rules until Jan. 1, 2015. Keeping the requirement, he said, would push the courts to come up with a solution to the problems they identified.  

Another amendment, put forward by Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, sketches out what the Commerce Department must reveal after a company explores the possibility of drawing down incentives from the state. The measure modifies the language governing the North Carolina Economic Partnership, a private nonprofit that handles much of the state's job-recruiting functions.

The Hartsell amendment doesn't change how those disclosures would function, but it makes them somewhat easier to read. The existing law already limited what the state would have to disclose if a company asks for incentives but chooses to relocate or expand elsewhere. 

The bill now goes back to the House, which will choose to either agree to the Senate changes or send the measure to a conference committee.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 5, 2014

    CAMPERZSALE SAID, “you want to take my guns away”

    Not true. Now, will you PLEASE stop listening to the NRA, Fox News and your gun store? You sound like a level-headed person who is trying to do the right thing, but these people are making you paranoid by mis-informing you.

  • John Dees Jul 30, 2014
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    I have guns and my Conceal carry. I am fine with Background checks. I even register my guns in case they are stolen even though I ma not required to. So I got it you want to take my guns away but impose no penalties on the criminals who are using guns illegally now. Got it.
    PS thanks for reminding me there is a gun show this weekend

    Yes! I will be there as well with a cold, hard dose of cash.

  • Ty Shrake Jul 30, 2014
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    The RIGHT to a firearm isn't what kills people. Irresponsible behavior kills people. Cars don't kill people, drunk drivers kill people.

    Over 50 million legal gun owners killed exactly nobody today.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 30, 2014

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    Sure. So, you have no problem with a convicted murderer, who just made parole and who is also severely mentally unstable with voices in his head telling him to hurt people, buying a gun?...and a full-auto machine gun, grenade launcher, flame thrower, ...?

    Maybe you could even help him pick out the best ones?...and then help him move into the house next door to you?...or across from your child’s elementary school?

  • John Dees Jul 30, 2014
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    Ah, yes, that "revolution" with the "cold, dead fingers", right? Once some serious repercussions are instituted for gun ownership, all the tough guys will be tripping over each other to turn theirs in.

    — Posted by A cold, hard dose of Hans

    That will never happen. Ever. Gun control is way too much of a political hot potato. There are so many gun owners in this country it would be impossible to pass anything remotely resembling what you are advocating. But, you can dream I guess.

  • iggyo1 Jul 30, 2014

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    Cool can we add to today laws caught in possession of a illegal gun 20 years commit crime with one life.
    I have guns and my Conceal carry. I am fine with Background checks. I even register my guns in case they are stolen even though I ma not required to. So I got it you want to take my guns away but impose no penalties on the criminals who are using guns illegally now. Got it.
    PS thanks for reminding me there is a gun show this weekend

  • jwsawyer Jul 30, 2014

    Clerks of court will have to at least try to report certain information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

    TRY- how much weaker could this be. Just how much will they have to "try"?

  • disgusted2010 Jul 30, 2014

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    Must have either a short term memory or the inability to read your own posts.

  • disgusted2010 Jul 30, 2014

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    No need, you are doing enough of that for all of us.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Jul 30, 2014

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    Something like "Failure to report a theft will retroactively be punishable by a minimum 20 year sentence, and any theft report determined to be false will result in a life sentence" should proactively take care of any of that nonsense.

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