Walmart shooting prompts bill on firing weapons
Posted March 19, 2013
Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, has introduced a bill that would change the law that allowed a man to open fire inside a Walmart without incurring a felony charge.
As it stands, it is a felony to fire into a building but only a misdemeanor to fire a weapon once inside, Brunstetter said. Senate Bill 124 would add make it a felony "to discharge a firearm within any building, structure, motor vehicle, or other conveyance, erection, or enclosure with the intent to do harm or incite fear."
The bill was spurred by the case of Justin Ross Murphy, who was caught on surveillance video in October 2012 opening fire in the electronics department of the Kernersville super store. Under current law, Murphy was charged only with a misdemeanor, Brunstetter said, and was allowed to continue carrying a gun.