House Bill 746 - NC Constitutional Carry Act

Firearms

This bill eliminates the concealed carry permit system, background checks and training for concealed and open carry, and is opposed by law enforcement

Read the full bill text on the NCGA website

Quick overview:

This bill eliminates the concealed carry permit system, background checks and training for concealed carry.

- eliminate the concealed carry permit system in North Carolina

- eliminate background checks or training in the same locations where open carry permit is allowed. 

This bill also reduces the age of concealed carry from 21 to 18

- Currently under North Carolina law, concealed weapon carry that permit holders must be at least 21 years of age and take a mandatory training including the actual firing of a handgun

 Law enforcement in North Carolina has shown opposition out of concerns for the safety of officers

Law enforcement and bill opponents support the training and permitting system for educational and safety reasons.

The bill goes further to redefine the term "to the terror of the people" to protect open or concealed carry holders from being considered just because a person may be in possession of an open or concealed weapon.

A similar law was proposed earlier this year, and police officers who are supportive of 2nd amendment rights have opposed this provision because it puts police officers in a dangerous position. Currently in North Carolina, concealed carry permits are issued by the permit holder's county sheriff's office and are valid for five years. This means that police are aware if they are dealing with someone who has a concealed carry permit, and can prepare accordingly. Without the concealed carry permit, police officers would be unaware if they are dealing with someone with a concealed weapon.

Bill sponsors added a $100,000 appropriation for "outdoor heritage promotion" to keep the bill alive past the crossover deadline. Crossover is a date halfway through the General Assembly's legislative session that requires that a bill must pass at least one chamber of the house to be considered in the second half of the session. Bills that have a financial component are not subject to crossover.

This bill passed the House on Wednesday, June 6th with a House vote of 65-54. All amendments proposed by democrats to increase safety were defeated or tabled without debate.

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