Concealed weapon bill ready for NC House floor

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 10:34 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some North Carolina lawmakers want to give concealed weapon permit holders more places to carry or store their pistols. 

The House scheduled debate Monday on a Republican-backed measure that's endorsed by gun-rights groups but opposed strongly by university leaders. 

Some provisions would allow concealed weapon permit-holders the ability to store a gun in a locked car on a University of North Carolina or community college campus. Boosters say the weapons will serve as a crime deterrent. UNC President Tom Ross says the provision would only increase safety risks. 

The proposal also would let permit holders arm themselves in a restaurant where alcohol is served unless the establishment expressly prohibits concealed weapons. 

The bill also includes longer penalties for gun-related crimes.

 

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