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Watered Down Gun Bill Back At The NC House


On Wednesday, a controversial gun bill is scheduled for its final vote in the North Carolina House. It passed its second reading Tuesday but only after significant changes.          

After a long and heated debate the House voted to strip the bill of its most controversial provision, allowing the private sale of handguns without a background check by local sheriffs. Gone, too, is a provision that allowed concealed handguns in the halls of the General Assembly.

And representatives passed an amendment which reinstates a lifetime ban on concealed carry permits for those convicted of certain misdemeanors such as stalking and child abuse.

More changes to the bill could be on the way. Speaker Tim Moore cut off debate yesterday with 10 amendments still on the table. They will likely be brought up today.

The gun bill’s primary sponsor is Republican Jacqueline Schaffer of Mecklenburg County.