North Carolina: Senate Right-to-Carry and Permit-to-Purchase Repeal Sent to Gov.’s Desk

Gun Rights

Yesterday, March 15, the House of Representatives voted 70-44 to pass on Senate Bill 41, a bill that recognizes law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense while attending a church with a school attached and, also, repeals the redundant permit-to-purchase system. SB 41 has been sent to Governor Roy Cooper’s desk to be signed into law. Gov. Cooper has vetoed similar legislation in previous years, but the current bipartisan support of Senate Bill 41 is enough to override his potential veto.

As previously reported, The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is already in place to do background checks and instantly provides that information to firearm dealers. A NICS check is done instantly, while a permit-to-purchase application can take up to 30 days. 

Also, SB 41 now recognizes that adults who are officially licensed to carry a firearm for self-defense will not be prevented from doing so because they walk into a church with a school attached. SB 40 ensures that law-abiding citizens can defend themselves and their loved ones. So-called “gun-free zones” are arbitrary boundaries that only disarm law-abiding citizens and leave them defenseless, while doing nothing to deter criminals. 

NRA thanks the Senate leadership of Senator Danny Britt, Senator Jim Perry, Senator Warren Daniel, Senator Phil Berger, and others for fighting to protect the rights of North Carolina’s law-abiding citizens.  Also, on the House side, NRA thanks Speaker Tim Moore, Representative Jeff McNeely, and others for their tireless efforts to advance Second Amendment freedom in the Tar Heel State. 

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