NC NOW Legislative Update #20, 2017, for the week ending Jun 17, 2017, by Robin Davis.
It was a very slow week at the General Assembly as budget negotiations continued behind closed doors.
Last week the house passed House Bill 746, Omnibus Gun Changes, a bill that has generated a lot of controversy because it eliminates the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun and lowers the age for doing so to 18. Some House Republicans voted against it and some conservative Democrats voted for it; however, the vote to pass the bill in the House was not large enough to override a gubernatorial veto.
The bill is one big political headache for Republicans. Not only is the party itself divided, the bill is also staunchly opposed by law enforcement, a constituency the Republican party does not want to alienate. The state’s most extreme gun rights group, North Carolina Gun Rights, also opposes the bill because, it claims, it is watered down and demonstrates that Republican legislators do not fully support Second Amendment Rights. This group, which can make the NRA seem moderate, also wants to eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun in North Carolina.
This omnibus bill amends an existing law extensively. Read more about gun bill, ERA updates (including “I Love the ERA” Cookie Drop event and “Lawsuit Updates” at NC NOW Legislative Update #20, 6/18/17.