A measure was introduced on Wednesday that would bring “permitless” concealed carry to the Tar Heel State.
HB 69 would expand North Carolina’s current “permitless” open carry laws to also apply to those wishing to carry concealed. While residents who are legally allowed to possess a firearm would no longer be required to obtain any sort of permit to carry a handgun, the current system would remain in place for those wishing to take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.
“The Second Amendment is the only permit an honest, peaceful citizen should need to carry a firearm, openly or concealed,” Rep. Larry Pittman, one of the seven co-sponsors of the measure, told Guns.com. “We have open carry in North Carolina without any permit required. It makes no sense to differentiate between the same person carrying openly or concealed.”
While the state’s Republican-controlled House and Senate are likely to concur, the bill must also be approved by Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper. We will keep you up-to-date as this legislation progresses.
Armed Customer Stops Attack At Michigan Party Store
For one lawbreaker, the party is most definitely over.
Holland Police say that a 43-year-old man walked into a party store late Thursday night to find another customer assaulting a female employee. As the customer stepped in to break up the attack, the suspect suddenly turned and charged in his direction. But what the attacker didn’t know was that the customer was carrying his concealed pistol license, as well as his gun. As the suspect approached, he was shot twice and is now listed in critical condition at a local hospital.
According to the owner of the One Stop shop, the suspect was the woman’s 29-year-old ex-boyfriend, and he had just begun the assault when the customer walked in. Investigators say the customer was legally carrying his gun and acted in self-defense, which witnesses confirmed, so there was no arrest made at the scene.
President Signs Executive Orders To Fight Crime
On Thursday, prior to the swearing in of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump was focused on reducing crime. "I'm signing three executive actions today designed to restore safety in America,” Trump said before the swearing-in of Sessions.
The first order, aimed at international crime organizations, is designed to combat drug cartels and “to undertake all necessary and lawful action to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth.”
The second order addresses law enforcement. It directs the Justice Department to use existing federal law to prosecute those who commit crimes against police officers.
Trump’s final executive order gives Sessions authority to create a task force aimed at furthering strategies “to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime.” Sessions himself called today’s crime rate a “dangerous permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk."
N.H. “Permitless” Carry Bill Heads To Governor
A measure deregulating the concealed-carry process in New Hampshire by no longer requiring law-abiding citizens to obtain a permit before carrying a firearm for self-defense has passed both the state House and Senate and is headed for the governor’s desk.
SB 12, the NRA-backed “permitless” carry bill, recently passed the house by a 200-97 vote, drawing praise from NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “Despite the best efforts of Michael Bloomberg-funded groups to distort the truth, the New Hampshire legislature stood strong for freedom today,” Cox said.
Similar legislation has been passed twice before, but both bills were later vetoed by the governor. This measure will next be considered by Gov. Chris Sununu, who has voiced his support for the measure in the past.
“It’s encouraging to see the legislature stand up for the rights of New Hampshire residents,” Cox said. “We hope the governor will sign this measure and give New Hampshire residents the freedoms they deserve.”