Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GRNC: Gun-rights backers demand House vote on bill

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Gun-rights supporters on Tuesday called on House members to schedule a vote on an omnibus firearms bill that has twice been put on hold in recent weeks amid growing opposition.

House Bill 562 includes provisions expanding the ability of people to have guns on school, reducing the number of crimes for which someone can be turned down for a conceal carry permit and allowing guns to be carried on the State Fairgrounds, except during the annual State Fair.

The most controversial portions of the bill would eliminate the state's pistol permit provision and would prevent physicians from asking patients in writing whether they own or have access to guns and then bar them from passing information about patients and guns to law enforcement, even if a patient poses a threat to self or others.

Sheriffs have opposed the end of the pistol permit, which requires a state background check, while physicians groups have expressed concern about the proposed rules for doctor-patient interactions.

Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina, said Tuesday that both concerns are misguided and called opposition "political in nature and part of national agendas."

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