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New NC Firearms Legislation

On May 31, 2013, in Dr. Dan Updates, Second Amendment, by FreedomForum

ALERT: HB 937 (see details of bill below) remains in the Senate Rules Committee and it is getting very late in the legislative session.  Since the bill passed the House it meets the crossover deadline which means it can be brought back up in the Senate in the short session next year.  Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened with an earlier restaurant carry bill (HB 111) which passed the House in 2011 but was allowed to languish and die in committee during the 2012 short session.  We need this bill to pass committee now so it can receive a floor vote in the full Senate this year.  If you support passage of HB 937 you should contact Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net (Ph. 919-733-5745) and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil.Berger@ncleg.net (Ph. 919-733-5708) and politely urge them to allow a floor vote on HB 937 this year.

The following are gun-related bills that have been filed in the NC General Assembly. I am presently tracking 39 bills. The links for each will allow you to read their texts and follow their progress through the legislative process. Each new bill is added to the bottom of this list. I will continue to update this information as new bills are added. Any new movement on existing bills is indicated below in green.

If you support any of these bills I suggest you contact the  chairman of the appropriate committee (noted below in the information on each bill) as well as the Senate president (for Senate bills) and  Speaker of the House (for House bills) who have the power to have these  bills heard.

Speaker of the House: Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger: Phil.Berger@ncleg.net
House Judiciary Committee Chairman: Leo.Daughtry@ncleg.net
House Judiciary Subcommittee A Chairman: John.Blust@ncleg.net
House Judiciary Subcommittee C Chairman: Sarah.Stevens@ncleg.net
Senate Judiciary II Committee Co-Chairmen: Austin.Allran@ncleg.net and Warren.Daniel@ncleg.net
Senate Rules Committee Chairman: Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net
House Rules Committee Chairman: Tim.Moore@ncleg.net
Senate Judiciary I Committee Co-Chairmen: Thom.Goolsby@ncleg.net and Buck.Newton@ncleg.net
Senate Agriculture Committee Co-Chairmen: Andrew.Brock@ncleg.net and Brent.Jackson@ncleg.net
House Committee on Environment Co-Chairmen: Pat.McElraft@ncleg.net and Roger.West@ncleg.net
House Education Committee Co-Chairmen: Hugh.Blackwell@ncleg.net, Craig.Horn@ncleg.net and Chuck.McGrady@ncleg.net
Senate Education Committee Co-Chairmen: Dan.Soucek@ncleg.net and Jerry.Tillman@ncleg.net

HB 17 – Would make confidential all data regarding CHP and pistol purchase permits. This bill passed the NC House and is now in the Senate Judiciary I Committee.

SB 17 –  Concealed carry permits issued by others states to persons who are not a resident of that state shall NOT be valid in North Carolina. This bill  has been referred to Senate Judiciary II Committee.

SB 27 –  Creates armed school safety marshals to augment security in schools.  This bill has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee. 

HB 49 – Holds businesses and employers civilly liable for injuries to people who are injured if the businesses or employer prohibit anyone from appropriately securing a firearm in their vehicle while parked at  that location, and protects the same from civil liability if anyone is  injured by someone using their firearm in self-defense. This bill has  been referred to the House Rules Committee.

SB 28 –  Makes concealed weapon permits and pistol purchase permits confidential  rather than a public record. This bill has been referred to Senate  Judiciary II Committee. First hearing was on 2/14.

HR 63 –  Resolution to oppose any federal infringement on gun rights and the  Second Amendment. This resolution has been referred to the House Rules  Committee.

SB 59 – Provides for armed guards in all schools K-12. This bill has been re-referred to the Senate Judiciary II Committee.

SB 124 –  Makes it a Class E felony to fire a gun inside a building or motor  vehicle for the purposes of harming someone or inciting fear. This bill  passed the Senate 49 – 0 and and has been re-referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee B.

SB 146 –  Authorizes certain employees and volunteers to carry a firearm on the  grounds of private schools and authorizes those with concealed carry  permits to carry when attending religious services at facilities that  also house a private school. This bill has been referred to the Senate  Judiciary I Committee.

HB 187 – Allows administrator of any private school IN FORSYTH COUNTY ONLY to authorize employees with concealed carry permits to carry on that  private school’s property. This bill has been referred to the House  Committee on Government; if favorable it will pass to the House  Judiciary Subcommittee B and if favorable to the House Rules Committee.

SB 190 –  Authorizes the carrying of a firearm in a vehicle on educational  property so long as it is not removed from the vehicle except for  defensive purposes. This bill has been referred to the Senate Rules  Committee.

SB 201 –  Authorizes hunters to use suppressors for hunting. This bill passed the Senate and was referred to the House Agriculture Committee. If favorable it will be referred to the House Environment, Judiciary and Rules Committees respectively.

SB 234 –  Amends and clarifies the hunter education requirements and establishes a hunter apprentice permit. This bill passed the Senate 49 – 0 and has been placed on the calendar for debate and a floor vote in the House next week (specific date unknown).

HB 246 –  Modifies the concealed carry laws and amends the NC Constitution to  include them. This bill has been referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB 296 –  This is the House version of SB 234 which amends and clarifies hunter  education requirements. This bill was passed by the House 113 – 0 and  sent to the Senate.  It has been referred to the Senate Agriculture  Committee.

HB 310 –  Eliminates mental health checks by sheriffs for issuing concealed  handgun permits and requires them to rely solely on information obtained via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  This bill  has been referred to the House Rules Committee.

SB 342 – Authorizes restaurant carry and it also clarifies in  specific language the limitations of local governments to restrict  concealed carry. This bill has been referred to the Senate Rules  Committee.

HB 344 –  Establishes uniform standards for reporting mental health and substance  abuse judicial findings to the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System. This bill has been assigned to the House Rules Committee.

HB 387 –  Amends various criminal laws concerning concealed handgun permits. This  bill passed the House 110 – 0 and has been sent to the Senate where it  was referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 405 – Exempts judges with concealed carry permits from some restrictions on carry. This bill passed the House and has been assigned to the Senate Rules Committee. 

SB 408 –  Authorizes restaurant carry, authorizes gun owners to keep firearms in  vehicles at employer’s work sites and limits the authority of local  governments to curtail carry rights. This bill has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 410 – Authorizes CHP holders to carry on educational property. This bill has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 465 –  Declares illegal aliens ineligible to possess firearms. This bill passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary II Committee. If favorable it will be referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

SB 549 – Makes pistol purchase permits and CHP records confidential. This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee.

HB 518 –  Declares any ammunition or firearms manufactured solely in NC and  remaining in NC to be exempt from federal regulation. This bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

SB 685 –  Exempts any judge, magistrate, clerk of court or register of deeds with  concealed carry permits from any restrictions upon where they can  carry.  This bill has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 595 –  Authorizes law enforcement agencies to establish volunteer school  resource officers who are empowered to carry firearms on school  property. This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.  If favorable, it will be then referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee B.

HB 624 – Vastly expands firearms rights and concealed carry. This bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 600 –  Authorizes clerks of superior court to carry concealed firearms in  courthouses. This bill has been referred to the House Judiciary  Subcommittee A.

HB 705 –  Establishes uniformity of firearms laws and enacts civil penalties for  officials who willfully violate preemption laws via ordinances that  exceed state law.  This is an attempt to put teeth into preemption laws  and prohibit local governments from curtailing gun rights. This bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 697 –  Makes it a felony to discharge a firearm within 1000 feet of an  elementary or secondary school.  The bill provides no exemption for law  enforcement or the use of a firearm for self-defense although such  matters may be addressed under current NC law. This bill has been  referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB 452 – Outlines standards for school security and authorizes the creation of armed resource officers.  This bill passed the House 116 – 0 and will be referred to the Senate Education Committee. 

SB 589 – This is the Senate version of HB 452.  It is currently in the Education Committee.

HB 869 – Reduces from 5 years to 3 years the validity of pistol purchase permits and concealed carry permits. This bill has been referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB 914 –  Requires a purchase permit from the sheriff to buy any firearm  including for private sales unless the sale is to an immediate family  member.  Under current NC law a purchase permit is only required for  handguns; however, this bill would extend that to long guns as well and  the permit fee would increased from $5.00 to $25.00.  It also requires  anyone living with a minor to lock up their firearms or render them  incapable of being discharged. This bill has been referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB 937 – Makes numerous amendments to current firearms laws all of which appear at a glance to be very positive (e.g. restaurant carry, clarify concealed carry in parks, etc.). This bill passed the House and has been assigned to the Senate Rules Committee.

HJR 849 – This is a joint resolution that calls for a  study of ways to improve firearm safety in the home.  My understanding  of a resolution is that it merely calls for some action but is not  constitute actual law.  Any study of home firearms safety has the  potential to result in future legislation mandating how firearms may be stored within the home.  Such a thing can have adverse  consequences toward keeping ready access to self-defense weapons. This  resolution has been referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB 942 – Makes it a criminal offense to discharge a weapon “with reckless  disregard.” This bill has been assigned to the House Rules Committee.

HB 976 – Would repeal the Castle  Doctrine, repeal CHP reciprocity with all other states, require all guns be locked up if you live with a minor or prohibited person, require  background checks on all private gun sales, require all gun owners to  carry $100,000 in firearms liability insurance and limit magazine  capacity to 15 rounds. This bill has been referred to the House Rules Committee.

Thank you Michael Howe

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