House Bill 746 would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit only in the same places where they currently are allowed to carry handguns openly.It passed its final of three votes in the House 64-51.
The latest measure features certain restrictions and applies to persons 18 or older and who aren't otherwise prohibited by law to carry a firearm.
Supporters argue that the bill would equalize concealed carry-open carry laws in the state, while opponents continue to raise concerns about safety and gun violence.
The NRA released a statement on the legislation:
“A record number of Americans carry a firearm for personal protection because it is increasingly evident that law enforcement cannot always be there to protect us. This legislation simply expands self-defense options for law-abiding citizens. As Americans take more responsibility for their self-protection, we need common-sense laws that recognize it’s often more convenient and socially acceptable to carry discretely. Under this legislation, North Carolina’s current concealed handgun permitting scheme would remain intact." - Catherine Mortensen, NRA Spokesperson
The latest measure includes certain restrictions and applies to persons 18 or older and who aren't otherwise prohibited by law to carry a firearm.
The bill has created yet another rift between gun rights supporters and gun control advocates. The measure would still need the Senate's approval before it could go to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.