Bill allowing looser handgun laws stirring controversy in Raleigh

Bill allowing looser handgun laws stirring controversy in Raleigh

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by BILL MCGINTY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 6:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – House Bill 937 has become a lightning rod for opinion statewide in North Carolina.

Part of the bill would loosen up gun laws for handgun permits and let concealed carry permit owners have guns in parks, playgrounds, parades, funerals and on running trails.

Larry Hyatt owns and runs Hyatt Guns in Charlotte and has strong opinions on gun laws.

“We want good sound gun laws. No criminals should have them, and no mentally ill people should have them. The licensed gun owner is not the problem,” says Hyatt.

Mass shootings like the ones at Sandy Hook in Newtown, and the movie theatre in Aurora have mobilized some citizens to push for change in their own cities, towns and states. Suzzane Rallis Conway is one of those citizens in North Carolina, and she and is headed to Raleigh to protest a new and less restrictive HB- 937.

“Moms are going to have to be worried about concealed weapons at playgrounds, and schools, and family friendly restaurants, and football games. What if there is an accident?” says Conway.

As it is today, the bill also would allow concealed carry permit holders to keep their guns in their locked cars, even on public educational property.

Hyatt says, “However, when you leave a gun in the car, it is one of the leading ways that criminals steal firearms. [You] absolutely should have a lockbox secured in your car to prevent a gun theft.”

Conway feels, “We’re not against guns; we’re against making it more accessible to get to them, and the possibility of more gun accidents.”

You can read the entire history of HB-937 by clicking here.

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