More than 80 percent of NC voters do not want gun laws weakened

The overwhelming majority of North Carolina voters do not support legislation making its way through the General Assembly that would abolish the requirement to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

The News & Observer reports that two separate polls find that over 80 percent of voters oppose the proposal that would also allow 18-year-olds to carry a loaded, hidden handgun.

Currently you have to be 21 to apply for a permit.

Many law enforcement officials are also opposed to the idea of making it easier to buy a handgun, including Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes.

The House is likely to vote on the bill this week, when we will find out if they are listening to their constituents or the gun lobbyists–which seem to have a different view than most gun owners, including a former Marine quoted in the News & Observer story.

John “Curly” Brazelton of Havelock, a former Marine who belongs to a hunting club, said in an interview with The N&O last week that everyone in his hunting club opposes the idea of eliminating concealed-carry permits.

“We all have them,” Brazelton said. “We have the best law in the country right now.”



  1. Ronald Simpson

    June 7, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    We live in a republic, not a democracy. It does not matter how many oppose a change to our firearms laws. In actuality, there should be no restrictions placed on firearms usage because the right to self-defense, and likewise to keep and bear arms, is a natural human right as delineated in the 2nd amendment.

  2. T G

    June 9, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Where do these “statistics” come from? Where do you go to vote on these “polls?” This does not reflect the actual population. This reflects gun grabbing liberals who take the time to do a silly online survey which in turn gets twisted around to try and make people believe that people are opposed to this. News flash, 18 year Olds can already carry a gun. Open carry is far more dangerous than concealed. Also, this would not make it “easier” to buy a gun. If democrats had to tell things the way they are instead of twisting words trying to scare people… Well they sure wouldn’t have much to say! Wise up people, they are trying to get you to join the herd. Don’t become a sheep.

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