North Carolina would be one of 11 other states that don’t require concealed carry permits because - jackets

North Carolina would join just 11 other states in doing away with concealed weapons permits under House Bill 746.  Under current law, concealed carry weapons permits are issued by law enforcement after individuals pass a minimal background check. North Carolina would become one of 12 states that do not require any type of permit for concealed handguns and would treat concealed handguns the same way as visible handguns. 

Rep. Chris Millis (R-Onslow, Pender) argued in committee that people could violate concealed carry laws when they wear jackets in the wintertime. Apparently this bill is more about fashion than doing the bidding of the NRA.

Private businesses could still prohibit weapons and firearms would still be illegal in places where alcohol is sold, but these restrictions become even more difficult to enforce as handguns are easily concealed in purses and pockets. 

The bill and its PCS which passed the House Judiciary IV committee yesterday change a few other things about gun laws in the state:

  • Sheriffs would be asked to play psychologist and decide which “currently diagnosed and ongoing” mental disorders should prevent someone from owning a gun.
  • Judges would be required to return deadly weapons used in crimes to their owners if the owner was either not convicted or was not the defendant.
  • Guns would now be allowed at school events held on public property. (e.g. sporting events at parks where guns are already allowed).
  • The bill also resurrects H174 which allows guns at religious services held at schools.
  • Guns would even be allowed in the Legislative Building, Legislative Office Building and on the House and Senate floor if carried by legislators, legislative staff or former law enforcement officers.

Perhaps we’ll see a duel on the House floor, it almost happened in the Texas Senate this week.