Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Packin' in more places

The North Carolina state legislature has approved an expanded list of places persons with permits can legally tote their arms. The Raleigh News and Observer reports:
The Republican-backed bill approved by both the House and Senate on Tuesday allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars and restaurants and other places where alcohol is served, parades, and funeral processions as long as owners or organizers don't expressly forbid it...
The bill will also allow concealed-carry permit holders to store weapons in locked cars on the campus of any public school or university, or a state government parking lot. That measure was approved despite the opposition from the police chiefs at all 16 campus in the University of North Carolina system, who fear increased car break-ins and the potential proliferation of gun violence. 
The bill also clarifies state law to say permit holders can carry their firearms on trails, to public recreation areas and playgrounds.
The bill now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature.

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