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North Carolina: General Assembly Passes Pistol Permit Repeal

Charlie T Waite

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Yesterday, the Senate voted 27-20 to pass House Bill 398, NC Sheriffs’ Association backed legislation to repeal the pistol permit in favor of the federal NICS background check. It will now go to Governor Roy Cooper for his consideration. Please contact Gov. Cooper and ask him to sign HB 398 into law.


The pistol purchase permit was created before modern, computerized background checks existed. The federal NICS checks that licensed firearms dealers conduct are often completed in minutes. North Carolina’s court system finished furnishing mental health involuntary commitment records to NICS in 2019, ensuring that it can do thorough checks. Repealing the pistol purchase permit ensures that law-abiding citizens can exercise their Second Amendment rights without this unnecessary obstacle and fee that is also a burden on law-enforcement resources.

Again, please contact Gov. Cooper and ask him to sign HB 398.


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