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NC Concealed Carry Bill Expands Gun Rights

4:25 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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Concealed weapons will be allowed in restaurants, bars, playgrounds, greenways and any public recreation area if Governor Pat McCrory signs a bill approved by both the Senate and the House.

The bill has a lot of components. However, one of the biggest changes involves where people can legally have concealed weapons. But, there is a big exception: businesses or organizations that have a "no weapons" sign.

"That sign holds true. It's their business. Their call. But also, the people who have concealed and carry can decide not to go into that business or participate and help that business stay in business," Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes said.

The new law would also prevent sheriffs from putting a limit on how many gun permits a person can get. Some sheriffs only allowed people to get one permit. In addition, sheriffs will need to keep a record of gun permits they have denied.

Sheriff Barnes said there are more than 10,000 concealed carry permits in Guilford County. He's only had to take back a handful.

"These folks who go through the process of getting a permit or go through the process of getting a concealed carry...you're not going to have to worry about them," Sheriff Barnes said.

WFMY News 2 contacted more than two dozen local restaurants to get their take on this bill. No one wanted to talk on camera because they said it the issue was too controversial.

The bill lands on the governor's desk Thursday.

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