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Paul Valone of GRNC on New NC Gun Rights Law (HB 937)

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Paul Valone of GRNC Discusses New NC Gun Rights Law (HB 937)

After months of political game playing and puerile posturing, the North Carolina Legislature finally passed HB 937, and it has been signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory.

HB 937 (entitled “Amend Various Firearms Laws”) is a major advance in North Carolina to protect the 2nd Amendment Rights guaranteed to each of us by The Constitution.


In summary, the primary provisions of HB 937 allow persons with a valid concealed carry permit to possess and carry a firearm as follows:

  1. in restaurants serving alcohol as long as the person with the firearm does not consume alcohol and is not himself intoxicated
  2. in venues that charge admission such as movie theaters and concerts
  3. in parades and funerals
  4. on educational property and state-owned property (certain conditions apply)

The law also provides for other protections:

  1. the identity of those to whom concealed carry permits and pistol purchase permits have been issued are no longer considered public record and can be released only to state and local law enforcement agencies
  2. allows the sale of a service firearm of a deceased or retiring law enforcement officer to the officer or his family without permit
  3. allows hunting with a suppressor
  4. specifies regulations for sheriff-issued pistol permits

See a detailed analysis of HB 937 Here

As with most laws regarding the carrying of concealed weapons, property owners, restaurant and business owners, and certain government entities have the right to deny the rights granted under HB 937 by posting signs disallowing concealed carry on their premises.

Paul Valone and GRNC have initiated the “Safe Restaurant Project” to counteract efforts by anti-gun activists to pressure restaurants and businesses to prohibit concealed carry.

Paul ValonePaul Valone is Dr Dan’s special guest this weekend on Freedom Forum Radio to discuss the importance of HB 937, the provisions of the law, and the Safe Restaurants Project that GRNC has initiated.

Dr Dan urges you to listen to this important program and participate in GRNC’s Safe Restaurant Project.

In GRNC’s Press Release, Paul states:

“It’s unfortunate GRNC must counter gun control activists’ attempts to undermine a law intended to deter restaurant crime and save lives. We fully sympathize with restaurant owners caught in the middle of a battle we’d rather not fight, but they should understand that, according to the Pew Research Center, gun rights supporters donate four times more and are more politically involved than gun control advocates. They should ask themselves whether they want to alienate the 399,268 North Carolinians who have applied for concealed handgun permits.”

HB 937 can only be fully implemented with your help and active participation. Read the press release and visit GRNC’s website to learn what to do to protect our personal safety and our Second Amendment rights.

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  1. In the CCW class, we were told that we could not carry in a Church. Since the passage of HB 937 allows for the carrying of a concealed weapon at a funeral… most of which take place in a church…, does this mean that it is now legal to carry in Church? What about during regular Church services ? Many shootings have taken place in a Church. Does Church permission allow for this? Thank You.

  2. Thanks Paul for all your many hours of work on this ! I appreciate it and I am sure others do also ! Take Care and God Bless you and yours and keep you safe ! – Don

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  4. Donnie
    I asked Paul Valone to answer your question. Here is his answer:

    Thanks, Dan. Here is my answer:
    I continue to be amazed at the amount of bad information eminating not only from concealed handgun instructors, but even from those who train instructors at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg. Recently, it was reported that NCJA told students that open carry was legal everywhere in the state. In truth, local governments can pass “display” bans, which are allowed under statewide preemption. Such bans effectively restrict open carry in Durham, Chapel Hill and probably a few other cities.
    Understand that I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. With respect to churches, however, unlike some other states North Carolina has never had any such prohibition. Concealed or open carry should be legal provided that the church, as private property, does not post against firearms. Your interpretation of funerals is correct: Pursuant to HB 937, concealed handgun permit-holders (and only CHP-holders) may carry concealed at a funeral, provided the premises on which the funeral is held are not posted. Specifically:
    “The provisions of this section shall not apply to concealed carry of a handgun at a parade or funeral procession by a person with a valid permit issued in accordance with Article 54B of this Chapter, with a permit considered valid under G.S. 14 415.24, or who is exempt from obtaining a permit pursuant to G.S. 14 415.25. This subsection shall not be construed to permit a person to carry a concealed handgun on any premises where the person in legal possession or control of the premises has posted a conspicuous notice prohibiting the carrying of a concealed handgun on the premises in accordance with G.S. 14 415.11(c).”

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