The Senate budget is dominating the headlines today but the House is set to vote this afternoon on a sweeping gun bill opposed by law enforcement and the McCrory Administration that would allow many buyers of handguns to avoid background checks.
The bill passed the House Rules Committee two weeks ago by one vote thanks to the support of Chairman David Lewis. It phases out the state’s pistol permit system currently administered by sheriffs across the state who run background checks as part of issuing the permits.
Bill supporters say handgun buyers would still be subject to federal background checks but that system does not cover purchases from private sellers and that’s how roughly 40 percent of handguns are bought.
The North Carolina Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, has delivered petitions to legislative leaders signed by thousands of North Carolinians opposing the bill.
The bill also absurdly allows lawmakers and staff to carry guns in the Legislative Building.