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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina senators are moving to close what some have called a loophole in state gun laws that allowed a man to avoid felony charges when he opened fire in a Kernersville Walmart last fall.

A Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that adds criminal penalties for anyone who fires a gun within an occupied building or other structure with the intention of inciting fear.

A Kernersville man set off a panic when he fired three times into televisions on display at a local Walmart last October. He was charged with misdemeanors when authorities determined existing criminal law applies only to shooting into enclosed structures.

The bill requires full Senate approval before heading to the House.

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