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Easley Weighs Handgun Bill For Domestic-Violence Victims

Posted August 20, 2005 5:54 a.m. EDT

— A lot of conversation swirls around a bill sitting on Governor Mike Easley's desk.

Domestic Violence Resources

The bill -- the

Domestic Violence Victims Empowerment Act

-- would allow domestic-violence victims with a protective order to apply for a temporary concealed handgun permit.

Supporters believe the bill would allow victims to protect themselves and their families.

But others, including some victims' rights advocates, worry it would add to the problem.

Governor Easley

has a week to sign or veto the bill.