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NC House saves controversial items for another day (video)

Two bills guaranteed to spark fireworks in the state House were not heard Monday evening as had been expected. Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer requested her bill (House Bill 562) eliminating North Carolina’s pistol purchase permit system be sent back to the Rules Committee. (Presently the Rules Committee is not scheduled to meet this week.)

The Mecklenburg County Republican explained the bill has “many moving parts” and more time was needed to draft amendments.

HB 562, which would also allow legislators to carry concealed handguns at the General Assembly, is drawing increasing criticism from groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

House leaders also decided Monday evening not to attempt an override of Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, allowing magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriage ceremonies for “sincerely held” religious beliefs. The veto override is back on Tuesday’s House calendar.

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