Thursday, January 31, 2013

First Firearms-Related Bills Introduced In NC General Assembly


A number of bills concerning firearms rights have been introduced in the last couple of days in the North Carolina General Assembly as it starts its new session. The firearms bills in this session will probably be more evolutionary than revolutionary as the Castle Doctrine, universal reciprocity, and parks carry were passed in the last session. Restaurant carry made it through the State House last session but ran out of time in the State Senate. That is addressed in a new bill in the State House as well as the confidentiality of concealed handgun permit holders. While it hasn't been introduced yet, I fully expect a bill to be introduced to clarify the language of parks carry to prevent cities like Winston-Salem from perverting the intent of the bill.

With one exception, the bills below are favorable towards gun rights. The one exception is a bill that would curtail the universal reciprocity by only recognizing carry permits held by residents of the state that issued it. Non-resident permits would not be recognized for reciprocity under the bill. Sean Sorrentino has much more on this backwards step.

State House

HB 17 - Gun Permits/Restaurants and Confidentiality
This bill would allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry in eating establishments and restaurants unless the restaurant or eating establishment had been posted by the owner prohibiting carry. Unlike last year, it does not include the prohibition against consumption of alcohol. This bill would also make the list of permit holders and their application information confidential. It would only be available to law enforcement and would no longer be public data.
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Burr (R-Stanley), Hager (RR-Rutherford), Hollo (R-Alexander), and J. Bell (R-Wayne)
Other Sponsors: Rep. Arp (R-Union); Blust (R-Guilford); W. Brawley (R-Mecklenburg); Brody (R-Union); R. Brown (R-Davidson); Bumgardner(R-Gaston); Cleveland (R-Onslow); Collins (R-Nash); Fulghum (R-Wake); Hardister (R-Guilford); Holloway (R-Stokes); Horn (R-Union); Iler (R-Brunswick); Jones (R-Rockingham); Jordan (R-Ashe); Martin (R-Pitt); McElraft (R-Carteret); McGrady (R-Henderson); McNeill (R-Randolph); Millis (R-Pender); Moffitt (R-Buncombe); Pittman (R-Cabarrus); Saine (R-Lincoln); Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg); Setzer (R-Catawba); Shepard (R-Onslow); Speciale (R-Craven); Starnes (R-Caldwell); Steinburg (R-Chowan); Stone (R-Lee); Szoka (R-Cumberland); Torbett (R-Gaston); Warren (R-Rowan); 

HB 49 - Firearm in Locked Motor Vehicle/Parking Lot
This bill provides that no business, commercial enterprise, or employer may prohibit the transportation or possession of firearms and ammunition when kept out of sight in a locked motor vehicle. Among other provisions it releases the business, commercial enterprise, or employer from civil liability for damages from another person's actions involving a firearm or ammunition stored in a locked car that complied with state law.
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Shepard (R-Onslow)
Other Sponsors: Rep. McElraft (R-Carteret; Pittman (R-Cabarrus); Warren (R-Rowan)


State Senate

SB 17 - Concealed Carry Permits/Validity
This bill would not provide reciprocity for any carry permit held by a person who was not a resident of the issuing state. 
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Stan Bingham (R-Davidson)

SB 27 - Public School Protection/Firearm Amendments
This bill would create school safety marshals. These would be persons certified by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and designated by local school boards or boards of directors of charter schools to possess and carry firearms on school property. The intent of the bill is to provide additional protection for students and staff.
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Stan Bingham (R-Davidson)
Other Sponsors: Sen. Andrew C. Brock (R-Davie); Bill Cook (R-Beaufort); Warren Daniel (R-Burke); Clark Jenkins (D-Edgecombe); E. S. (Buck) Newton (R- Johnston); Norman W. Sanderson (R-Pamlico); Jerry W. Tillman (R-Randolph); 

 SB. 28 - Gun Permit Information/No Publication
This bill would provide for the confidentiality of concealed handgun permits and pistol purchase permits. The information would only be available upon request to law enforcement agencies and to the courts or other appropriate parties in response to either a subpoena or court order.
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Stan Bingham (R-Davidson)
Other Sponsors: Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson); Chad Barefoot (R-Wake); Andrew C. Brock (R-Davie); Bill Cook (R-Beaufort); Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell); Brent Jackson (R-Sampson); Clark Jenkins (D-Edgecombe); E. S. (Buck) Newton (R-Johnston); Norman W. Sanderson (R-Pamlico); Trudy Wade (R-Guilford);

5 comments:

  1. these bills are just timely. senseless waste of human lives should be stopped.

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    1. You are so closed minded. So quickly to disregard sensible logic for progressive bandwagon collectivism. Eventually your type of people will learn how negative and bad policies effect the public starting with the democrats own supporters, which I am sure that you are. In the recent tragic scenarios all people committing these atrocities were mentally ill and largely obtained there weapons and ammunition illegally. These bills are for law bidding citizens. I would be interested to hear your view on how these bills promote "senseless waste of human life". -xBURNx

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  2. All but SB17 sounds positive to me.

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  3. I can't help but notice that SB17 has no co-sponsors...

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    1. @Larry: I don't even see why it was introduced. I'm glad to see that it has no co-sponsors. You will notice that HB 17 on confidentiality and restaurant carry has virtually all the House Republicans on board including Chuck McGrady who was very wishy-washy on gun rights in the last session.

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