NC Lawmakers Look To Loosen Gun Laws

The state House is aiming to ease gun laws in more than a dozen ways, including making clear that a carjacker or home-invader could be shot to death legally.

The House voted 77-38 on Tuesday to tentatively approve legislation that puts the burden of proof on prosecutors if there's a question whether a person was justified in firing at an intruder entering homes, cars or workplaces.

The measure also reduces the penalty for firearm possession on school grounds from a low-level felony to a misdemeanor and requires knowledge of wrongdoing. The bill would allow concealed-carry license holders to keep their pistol at hand at state-owned highway rest stops.

A property-rights debate between Republicans erased language that would have forced businesses to accept guns in the parked cars of permit-holders.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 04:16 AM
    Yay! Some sanity finally. Now when will we be allowed to carry without being harassed by anti-gun law enforcement officers?
  • by OpenCarry on Jun 8, 2011 at 12:30 AM
    The General Assembly is NOT "loosening" gun laws. They are repealing restrictive, unconstitutional, and infringing laws that only serve to restrict and punish law-abiding citizens. They are allowing people with Concealed Handgun Permits to carry their firearms in more places--rather than leave them unattended in their cars where criminals can easily steal them--as the law now requires. These proposed bills are giving law-abiding citizens--who have been through state, local, and Federal background checks--and have been fingerprinted--the fundamental human right of self-defense in more places. This is not "loosening" any laws. It is making it easier for honest people to defend themselves and their families against lawless criminals, and it is making it more difficult for criminals and thugs to steal guns from our cars. Our State REpresentatives should be applauded for these measures, and ALL law-abiding citizens should be expressing their appreciation. The ONLY people who are against these restorations of human rights to self-defense are thugs, criminals, and their defense lawyers, and people who have made an industry out of the victimization of honest people... Hurray, State House! It's about time you do the right thing, and empower the Good People of NC to defend themselves against the lawless, sociopathic predators that plague our streets...
  • by tug Location: new bern on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    Sounds good to me. If someone breaks into my house, it will be my word against his. Only he won't be saying a whole lot. I might have to fight in court, but I'll still be walking around and able to fight.
  • by Earl Location: NC on Jun 7, 2011 at 08:58 PM
    The saying goes , God created man , and Sam Colt made man equal
  • by Erma Location: NC on Jun 7, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    The state House is aiming to ease gun laws in more than a dozen ways. I am for it.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    Beware we gun owners. Funny criminals can always get guns they could care less about the UN. - Hussein Hope N change and his globalist, anti-American friends in the Useless Nations have there eye on America’s Second Amendment. It’s no secret the fuzzy little foreigners that infect the Useless Nations desire to control America. And they fully realize that will never happen as long as Americans own firearms. Enter Hussein Hope N Change and Hillery Clintoon, American traitors. Secretary of State Clintoon will press the Senate to ratify the U.N. Arms Treaty Resolution the U.S. and 152 other countries signed in January 2010. The resolution establishes a 2012 conference that will draft a blueprint for enactment. According to Forbes Magazine, the full terms of the agreement have not been public but are rumored to include. There are many here is '1' - Ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons (any that have magazines even though they still operate in the same one trigger pull – one single “bang” manner as revolvers, a simple fact the ant-gun media never seem to grasp). Good luck with that, third worlders! Hussein and Clintoon have never been fans of the Second Amendment. Liberals have sought to limit or take the right to bear arms from Americans for decades. Obama was one of the most anti-gun state legislators and US Senators (when he showed up) hardly believe any politician even libtitards would ever vote to ratify a UN treaty to restrict the Second Amendment in America. For one thing, it would be political suicide. But it would also be unconstitutional. I hope so? One thing I love about Texas is everyone owns a bunch of guns and wants even more! And they know how to use them!
  • by nightrain Location: greenville on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    Great news. It's about time that potential victims have the same rights as criminals. Any law that restricts law abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves just gives criminals an edge to exploit. Let's level the playing field. And while were at it, let's start punishing (not just adding time to probation) convicted felons that later get caught with weapons. Seems to me that alot of crimes are committed by former inmates that have gotten out and acquired a weapon.
  • by local Location: jville on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    Is it April 1st???It has to be!!!There really thinking about our safety(yea right)!!!What slimy back door dealings are these characters up to now!!!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:46 AM in reply to local
      Restoring our 2nd amendment rights!
  • by stephanie Location: greenville on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    if someone comes into my house when im asleep or ortherwise they are not going to have tea with me i would like the satifation of protecting my persons and property against these low lifes without going to prison for the rest of our lives-- they need to know if you invade-- it could be their lifes in prison then your life maybe then we would be safer
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    Outstanding news!
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