New legislation introduced in the North Carolina Senate would modify current pistol purchase permit and concealed carry permit law making it much easier for any individual to apply for and receive both types of permits. This is an unnecessary step in the wrong direction. Most worrisome are provisions allowing a pistol permit holder to buy unlimited pistols with one permit (at present the law is one pistol per permit).
LICENSING LAWS DECREASE CRIME AND EMPOWER SAFE GUN OWNERSHIP
- States with strong licensing laws were associated with 76% lower rates of gun exported to criminals.
- Permit to purchase laws have been proven to save lives. The 1995 implementation of a PTP law in Connecticut was associated with a 40% decline in gun homicides and a 15% drop in suicides during the first 10 years it was in place.
- A 2013 study of licensing laws across 80 large urban counties found that these laws are associated with an 11% decrease in firearm homicides.
- A 2019 survey found that 77% of Americans support a law requiring a person to obtain a license from local law enforcement before buying a gun. This support includes more than two-thirds of gun owners (68%).
S90 EXPANDS THE PISTOL PERMIT CAP FROM ONE PISTOL PER PERMIT TO UNLIMITED PISTOLS
- It is critically important that sheriffs perform a background check every time an individual tries to purchase a handgun, especially when purchasing from private sellers, who are not required to perform their own background check.
- Current permit renewal is only required every five years. That is far too much time to allow and individual unlimited gun purchase without having to apply for a new permit.
- 20% of all gun sales are done through private gun sales. Those private sellers need to know that the person they are dealing with is still an eligible gun purchaser.
- Removing the limit on pistol purchase is trending in the wrong direction for preventing mass shootings, gun violence, and suicides.
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