Earlier this year, Rep. Larry Pittman of Cabarrus County filed the Constitutional Carry Act, House Bill 69, which says any American citizen 18 or older can carry a concealed handgun without a permit in the North Carolina. A dozen states have already passed similar legislation and there has been no mayhem because of these laws. Vermont has never had a law prohibiting concealed handguns.
I teach the N.C. Concealed Carry Firearms Course that is prerequisite to applying for a Concealed Carry Handgun Permit. I was first required to take several courses given by the NRA to obtain an NRA pistol instructor certification, before I could take the N.C. Criminal Justice Standards Division Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor course. All of the courses were informative and enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoy teaching people the safe and legal use of a handgun. That being said, I am an ardent supporter of House Bill 69, which has now been incorporated into other legislation in the General Assembly. The measure would abolish the need for the N.C. Concealed Carry Permit. Of course this would reduce the number of students taking my course, but it will also greatly reduce crime and violence, which was my objective in becoming an instructor.
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