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Sweeping gun law headed for House vote

Posted April 28, 2015
Updated April 29, 2015

— A package of proposals aimed at loosening state and local restrictions on guns is headed for a House vote after winning approval in committee Tuesday.

House Bill 562 would require schools to allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns onto school property as long as they leave the gun locked in their vehicle. It would allow citizens to sue local governments that try to restrict the right to carry concealed weapons.

It also would require property and business owners who don't allow weapons to place a large sign to that effect in a prominent location. A violation of such a notice would no longer be a misdemeanor, just an infraction.

The bill would ban doctors or psychiatrists from asking patients in writing whether they own or have access to guns. They would be banned from passing that information along to anyone, even law enforcement, even if a patient were to express a desire to harm himself or others.

It would exempt shooting ranges from any local noise ordinances passed after they were built. It would also allow hunting with silencers and allow guns at the State Fairgrounds, though not during the State Fair.

The proposal would also shorten the list of misdemeanor crimes for which a person can be turned down for a concealed carry permit and limit those bans to three years, with the exception of domestic violence crimes, which under federal law result in a permanent ban.

It would also allow district attorneys and assistant DAs to carry concealed weapons in the courtroom. It would forbid a county sheriff from asking for more information about a permit application than is allowed under state law, and it would force the sheriff to issue a permit after 90 days, even if he or she has not yet received mental health or other relevant information about the applicant from other agencies or states.

Sponsor Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, R-Mecklenburg, said the goal of the measure "is really making sure that we are protecting the Second Amendment rights of our law-abiding citizens."

"We have these weapons for our protection and our self-defense," she said.

Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham, voiced concerns about the restrictions on health care providers. The bill allows doctors to ask a patient in writing if he or she has a gun only after the patient has been adjudicated incompetent by a court. That wouldn't cover patients under treatment for depression or suicidal thoughts or those taking a drug that might have those side-effects, Hall pointed out.

Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake, ran a successful amendment to allow private schools and universities to ban weapons on their property, although Schaffer opposed the amendment.

No public comment was requested or taken.

The bill received a favorable vote after little debate. Its next stop is the House floor. A vote could come as soon as Wednesday afternoon.

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  • Patrick Demby May 5, 2015
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    DOA. No story, not even worth the paper its printed on. Feel good, garbage legislation.

  • Tito Feliciano May 5, 2015
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    How about this bill? Magazine capacity restrictions and repealing the stand your ground law. http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=h725&submitButton=Go

  • Samuel Marchant May 3, 2015
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    Apparently this anti-gun group feels the problem is using a few fingers less , HOWEVER, without firearms it is usually a lot of blood and limbs alike a recent culprit in Boston!
    http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/bizarre-anti-gun-rant-about-to-hit-airwaves/?cat_orig=politics

    The pistols have been illegal in Australia since around 1902(around Australia's year of Federation). whether a knife , lump of wood , iron bar or "home made sword"(whether stainless steel or mild steel or welded or one solid machined sheet piece ), most ad-hoc weapon systems of killing or fighting causes horrendous injuries.

    This invites his name as nick-name to be used by people (whom take for granted a firearm will always be there to cleanly harm or kill from either perspective in a crime problem to remember what happens if they have only alternate methods) to remember what the injury result often can equal.

    The "Boston Bomber"(non firearm attacker) is the equal of many of these medieval and prehistoric equipment that

  • David Forvendel Apr 30, 2015
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    Laura Leslie - please do some basic research about the existing gun laws BEFORE you try to write about changes. People with a Concealed Carry Permit have been able to store their guns in their vehicles since the last legislative session. What is changed in this bill is that if the person is not getting out of the vehicle they may leave it holstered on their side. They would also be able to move the gun from their person to the closed container and vice versa while in their locked vehicle. PLEASE talk to someone that actually knows something about the existing firearms law before writing a story. This article makes your writing look uninformed or simply lazy.

  • Lee Roy Apr 29, 2015
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    That makes too much sense that's why democrats can't comprehend it.

  • Lee Roy Apr 29, 2015
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    That makes too much sense, that's why it's impossible for a democrat to comprehend.

  • Bruce Cup Choy Apr 29, 2015
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    Here is the news story you were looking for.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/uber-driver-with-concealed-handgun-prevents-mass-shooting-in-chicago-2015-4

  • Chris Holder Apr 29, 2015
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    Exactly. A gun is just a pencil with gunpowder and a metal object that will tear through tissue and bone. And a cannon is just a cell phone with gunpowder and a metal object that will tear through a building. Just tools!

  • Jim Hinnant Apr 29, 2015
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    You were not and still are not allowed to carry on school property. This bill doesn't change what was already there. You must have a concealed carry permit and the weapon must be secured in your vehicle. Remember, it's not concealed carry holders you need to worry about, and a person intent on doing harm isn't going to worry about the law anyway as we saw a few weeks ago at Wayne Community College.

  • Adul Siler Apr 29, 2015
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    Be aware of H725. It's ugly

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