2013 Legislation 

The following bills have been introduced and are pending in North Carolina.
If you would like to contact your state legislator about any of these proposed bills you can find them at:
NC House  and  NC Senate

 

(* indicates NCGV support for a bill)

 2014 Session 

HB1250  "AMEND DEFINITION OF DANGEROUS FIREARM."

This bill would make air rifles, air pistols and BB guns exempt from the definition of " Dangerous Firearms" for certain purposes in the following counties: Anson, Cleveland, Harnett, Stanley and Surry.

NCGV's Position- NCGV opposes unsupervised use of these devices by children. We would rather see this law strengthened as it is in most countries to prohibit unsupervised use until 18 years of age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics states-

The range of muzzle velocities for non powder guns overlaps velocities reached by traditional firearms.

Non powder guns pose a serious risk of injury, permanent disability, and even death.

Non powder guns (BB guns, pellet guns, air rifles, paintball guns) are weapons and should never be characterized as toys.
HB618 Amend Firearm Restoration Law
This bill would restore rights to any person who satisfies all of the following criteria:

(1)The person’s firearms rights were restored prior to December 1, 1995, and the forfeiture of the person’s firearms rights on December 1, 1995, occurred only because amendments to G.S.14-415.1, enacted by S.L. 1995-487 and applicable to any person convicted of a felony before December 1, 1995 became effective

 (2)The person's felony convictions prior to December 1, 1995, are only for nonviolent felonies as defined in G.S.14-415.4

 (3)The person has not been convicted of any subsequent felony on or after December 1, 1995, that would require forfeiture of the person's firearms rights and cause the person to be disentitled under this section.

NCGV's Position- NCGV takes no position on this bill

2013 Session
HB17 Guns Permit/Confidentiality (The restaurant carry piece of the bill was removed.)
03/04/2013 House Judiciary Subcommittee A    Passed House     3/27/13 Senate Judiciary 1


Permits sheriff to retain a list of permitees. To be made available to law enforcement upon request. No longer to be made public.

Every dealer in pistols and other weapons mentioned shall keep an accurate record of all sales thereof, including the name, place of residence, date of sale, etc., of each person, firm, or corporation to whom or which such sales are made. Information to be made available to sherriff and other law enforcement upon request.

NCGV's position- People ask for a permit to do something in public, and the public has a right to know that.
We further believe it is vital for law enforcement to have purchasing information at hand when needed and not have to find which dealer has the information needed and wait for the dealer to respond to their request. And, turning the information over to sheriff and other law enforcement without the need to request, insures a miniscule measure of checks and balances to the transaction.


HB 49 Firearm in Locked Motor Vehicle/Parking Lot.
02/04/2013 Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House


An act to provide that no business, commercial enterprise, or employer shall prohibit the transportation or storage of a firearm or ammunition when the firearm and ammunition are locked out of sight in a motor vehicle. To provide that a business, commercial enterprise, or employer is liable to anyone injured as a result of an unlawful prohibition, to provide that a person may bring a civil action to enforce the right to transport and store a firearm and ammunition in a locked motor vehicle on the property of a business, commercial enterprise, or employer, and to provide that a business, commercial enterprise or business is not civilly liable for damages resulting from another persons actions involving a firearm transported or stored in a locked vehicle in a manner that complies with state law.

NCGV's position- Allowing guns in parking lots infringe on employers' or business owners property rights, endangering all employees and creating a situation in which a potentially violent worker who gets upset could have easy access to a firearm.

HB187 Private School/Handgun on School Property (Specific to Forsyth County)
3/04/13 House Com on Government


An act to provide that an executive head at any private school funded exclusively with private funds and located in Forsyth County may adopt a school policy to allow a school employee who has a concealed handgun permit to possess and carry a handgun on the educational property of the private school provided the employee complies with any additional criteria, policies, or rules adopted by the executive head of the private school regarding the possession and carrying of handguns.

NCGV's position - Teachers, staff members, and the average person permitted to carry concealed, are not trained to handle gun combat in a dynamic environment. Where police officers have ongoing training in the law, policy and procedure, this is not the case with civilians. The competence of a police officer is often judged by their ability to know when not to shoot, not just when they should pull the trigger.


HB246 The Gun Rights Amendment
03/07/2013  House Committee On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House


An act to amend the NC constitution to restrict the limitations that may be placed on a person who holds a concealed carry permit.

NCGV's position - This amendment is not about protecting existing rights, but represents an insidious attempt to fundamentally alter an already permissive firearms policy in this state, which is evidenced by the removal of the Legislature's authority to regulate the possession of concealed weapons. Proliferation of concealed weapons in North Carolina threatens public safety.


HB405 Judge Concealed Handgun Permit
03/20/2013    Assigned to Judiciary Committee C


An act to provide that any justice or judge of the general court of justice of the state of NC who has a concealed handgun permit that is valid in NC is exempt from the general prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon and from the prohibitions against carrying a weapon on certain premises or in certain circumstances.

NCGV's position- We are not aware that there is a problem with security in courthouses to justify such a change in public policy.   If there is a problem, we believe that arming more people in the courtroom with guns is not the solution. This protection should come from law enforcement, metal detectors, better training and security measures, etc. to protect everyone in the courtroom.    

 HB518 Second Amendment Protection Act
04/03/2013    Committee On Judiciary

An act relating to firearms and the preservation of the second amendment to the US constitution.

NCGV's position - We oppose this bill. This bill would exempt from all federal regulations any firearm, accessory or ammunition made and kept in North Carolina. It also says that any federal agent who tries to enforce federal firearm laws would be guilty of a misdemeanor!

HB705 Preemption Affirmation Act
4/11/13   Committee on Judiciary

An act to ensure statewide uniformity of firearms laws.

NCGV's position-
We oppose this bill. This would prevent local municipalities from implementing certain restrictions, such as carrying concealed weapons in county parks and recreation sites and athletic fields.

* HB 869 Gun Permits Valid for 3 Years
4/11/13   Filed

An act to provide that a permit to purchase a pistol and a concealed handgun permit shall be valid for a period of three years from the dat the permit is issued rather than a period of five years.

NCGV's Position- We support this bill. This would reduce the period period between renewals, but is still one year longer than law enforcement who must renew every two years.

* HB 914 Public Safety/Gun Transfer/Background Check.
4/11/13  Filed

An act to provide grreater protection for the public by requiring that a background check and permit be obtained prior to the transfer of a firearm unless the transfer is between immediate family members, to provide that the sheriff may revoke a permit in certain circumstances, and to strengthen the law requiring safe storage of a firearm to protect minors.

NCGV's position- We support this bill. Background checks are a common sense due diligence to ensure public safety that helps to keep guns out of the hands of prohibited buyers. Every year there are too many North Carolina children are killed because an adult left a firearm in an unattended and unsafe manner where a child had access. Strengthening the child protection or safe storage law is necessary.

HB937 Amend Various Firearms Laws.
4/11/13   Filed  5/6 Passed House

An act to increase penalties for certain crimes in which a firearm is used, displayed, or there is a threat to use or display a firearm: to make it a criminal offense for anyone to permit a child to access to or possess a firearm without supervision and parental consent; to provide that a person who has a valid concealed handgun in a locked vehicle in a state government parking lot, have a concealed handgun in a locked compartment in a vehicle on the premises of a community college,public college, or public university, and carry a handgun into an assembly where an admission fee is charged or an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed, unless the person in legal possession or control of the premises; to provide that an employee of a public institution of higher education who lives on campus and has a concealed handgun permit may carry a handgun on the  employee's residential premises and also keep the gun in the employee's residential premises and also keep the gun in the employee's locked vehicle in the parking area of the institution of higher education; and to clarify the law on local government authority to pohibit concealed carry of firearms.

NCGV's position- We oppose this bill. It is an attempt to place guns in sensitive areas and weaken local government authority over CCW in their communities.

* HB947 Discharge Firearm with Reckless Disregard
4/11/13   Filed

An act to create the criminal offense of discharging a firearm with reckless disregard.

NCGV's position- We support this bill. It just makes sense.


* SB17 Concealed Carry Permits/Validity
01/31/2013     Senate Committee On Judiciary II


An act to provide that concealed handgun permits obtained by nonresidents of the state issuing the permit are not valid in North Carolina.

NCGV's position- NCGV supports SB17. We do not believe it is in the best interest of public safety to allow anyone to carry concealed in North Carolina that has not met the same or stricter permitting standards.


SB27 Public School Protection/Firearm Amendments
02/04/2013    Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate


An act to provide that certain persons certified by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and designated by a local Board of education or Board of Directors of a charter school may possess and carry firearms on educational property to provide additional protection to those attending and working in public schools.

NCGV's position- We oppose firearms in sensitive areas. Students are not criminals and should not be treated as such. Guns can breed overconfidence, where deadly force becomes the first rather than the last option. Instead of reporting a suspicious person, a guy with a gun may take direct action.  


SB 59 Armed Security Guards in K-12
02/06/2013   Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate


An act to allow armed security guards who meet the selection and training requirements for state law enforcement officers at all schools to provide that the NC Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission shall develop a firearms safety and training course to be administered by the various county sheriff's offices to the armed security guards, to allow the waiver of concealed carry permit requirements for armed security guards who meet certain requirements, and to make other conforming changes.

NCGV's position- We oppose oppose firearms in sensitive areas. More guns on campus increases the potential for unauthorized access to guns by the wrong people. The probability of the wrong person gaining access to a gun is greater than the chance of that gun being used to save student lives. Guns can be accidentally left in purses or jacket pockets, and legitimate users can be overpowered by persons inside on campus.

* SB124 Shoot Gun From Inside/To Harm or Incite Fear                                                                                                    2/25/2013   Committee on Judiciary I

An act to make it a criminal offense to discharge a firearm from within an enclosure with the intent to do harm or incite fear.

NCGV's position - We support SB124. We believe this should also apply outside an enclosure and except when it is being done for the purpose of a warning to ward off an illegal act!

SB 146 Private Schools/Firearms Amendments.
02/28/2013    Senate Committee On Judiciary I

          
An act to provide that certain employees and volunteers at private schools may carry certain weapons on educational property when authorized by the school baord of trustees or school administrative director and to provide that a person who has a concealed handgun permit may carry a concealed handgun on educational property that is the location of both a school and a place of religious worship when the person is attending worship services and other sacerdotal functions at the place of religious worship.

NCGV's position- We oppose firearms in sensitive areas.Teachers, staff members, and the average person permitted to carry concealed, are not trained to handle gun combat in a dynamic environment. Where police officers have ongoing training in the law, policy and procedure, this is not the case with civilians. The competence of a police officer is often judged by their ability to know when not to shoot, not just when they should pull the trigger.


SB190 Gun on Ed. Prop./Stored in Locked Car.
03/06/2013   Senate Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate


An act to provide that an adult at a school, community college, or university who has a concealed handgun permit may have a handgun on educational property, provided the gun is in a closed container in the person's locked motor vehicle or is in a locked container attached to the motor vehicle and is removed only for defensive purposes.

NCGV's position- We oppose firearms in sensitive areas. Research demonstrates conclusively that students on the campuses of post secondary institutions are significantly safer than both their off-campus counterparts and the nation as a whole. We believe these results can be attributed largely to strict policies that have kept firearms off our nation’s campuses. Our colleges and universities are safe sanctuaries for learning and spirited debate, and we believe they would be endangered by the presence of concealed handguns.


SB201 Allow Hunting with Silencers.
03/06/2013   Senate Committee On Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources

4/18/13  Found Favorable


An act to allow hunting with a silencer or other devise designed to muffle or minimize the report of a firearm.


NCGV's position- NC General Statute §14-288.8 provides that it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, assemble, possess, store, transport, sell, offer to sell, purchase, offer to purchase, deliver, give to another, or acquire any weapon
of mass death and destruction. A weapon of mass death and destruction includes: any muffler or silencer for any firearm. A weapon of mass death and destruction is not appropriate for hunting.

SB408 Lawful Citizens Self Protection Act
3/26/13        Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate

An act to expand areas in which lawful concealed handgun permit holders may carry or keep firearms for self protection.

NCGV's position- Restaurants are places where communities and families come together, and the presence of guns puts everyone at risk.  72% percent of voters in the state opposed to guns in bars and restaurants. From May, 2007 to May, 2012 incidents involving establishments that serve food and beverage where CCW permit holders killed individuals (not in self-defense) either in or at such establishments a total of 29 citizens lost their lives and 16 others were wounded. No one wants another innocent life taken due to the over-zealous reactions of someone who perceives a move or gesture from a fellow diner as a threat.

SB443 Abandoned firearms to State Control
3/27/13    Filed

An act to transfer abandoned firearms from local law enforcement agencies to the state for disposition.

NCGV's position- NCGV opposes this bill based on the section regarding selling the firearms at public auction.

SB549 Gun Privacy
3/28/13 Filed   4/1/13 Committee on Judiciary 1

An act to provide that the list of persons who obtain a permit to purchase a pistol or a concealed handgun permit and the identifying information regarding those persons is confidential and is not a public record.

NCGV's position- NCGV opposes this bill. People ask for a permit to do something in public, and the public has a right to know that. We further believe it is archaic and a waste of time and space to have sheriffs keep  records on paper and store them. Even doctors keep confidential medical information in electronic files.  And, turning the information over to sheriff and other law enforcement without the need to request from a dealer, insures a miniscule measure of checks and balances to the transaction.

Nationally-


The following bills, designed to prevent gun violence, will be voted on by the Senate soon, including:

• The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 (S. 150) Temporarily off the table.
• Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 (S. 54)
• Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 (S. 374)
• School and Campus Safety Enhancements Act of 2013 (S. 146)

If you support any of these measures, I encourage you to take action by calling, emailing, Tweeting and/or Facebooking as many Senators as you can, starting with your own. Senators tell us it makes an impact when they hear from their constituents.  You may also contact your local legislators to find out what laws are being proposed in your own state and make your voice heard on those proposals as well.

If contacting Senators makes you nervous and uncomfortable, consider how you would feel if someone you know and love were lost due to gun violence. If we do not act, we are putting more innocent people at risk. It is time to put fear aside and stand up and demand action to prevent gun violence. Do not delay. Act today.


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