concealed carry

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NC House Committee approves bill to effectively repeal state’s concealed handgun carry law

BY: - May 2, 2023

The North Carolina House Judiciary 2 Committee voted 7-4 on Tuesday to approve House Bill 189 – a bill that would make it lawful for any person 18 years or older to carry a concealed weapon in the state without a permit. The so-called “constitutional carry” legislation would repeal a system that’s been in effect […]

Weaker concealed carry laws linked to increase in gun crimes, study shows

BY: - September 27, 2022

Weakened concealed carry laws are associated with an estimated 9.5% increase in rates of criminal assaults with firearms, according to research published last week. That relationship is most pronounced in places that allow people convicted of violent misdemeanor crimes to carry a concealed firearm. Those states are associated with an estimated 24% increase in assaults […]

U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that made it illegal to carry a firearm in public without showing a special need for protection. The court ruled that the state’s concealed carry law violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — a major decision that expands the Second […]

Bill to allow concealed carry at churches with affiliated schools advances from committee

BY: - February 24, 2021

The state Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would allow guns to be carried at religious facilities with affiliated schools. The amendment allows anyone with a “concealed carry” permit to bring a handgun during non-school hours on the property. A similar bill passed both the House and Senate last year but was […]


U.S. House passes first major gun bill since Las Vegas…and it makes things worse

BY: - December 7, 2017

You’ve got to hand it to the Trumpists running the U.S. government; just about every time you think they’ve hit rock bottom, they pull out their shovels and start digging the national hole a little deeper. As Rebekah Entralgo of Think Progress reports, the latest outrage involves guns. In the first major legislation to move […]


Editorial: Senate should bury reckless concealed carry bill

BY: - June 12, 2017

The lead editorial in this morning’s Winston-Salem Journal gets it right: The bill passed last week by the North Carolina House to completely deregulate the concealed carry of weapons by individuals 18 and older is a dreadful idea. That’s right: Under the bill, North Carolina would now allow young people too young to buy a […]

Bill allowing concealed guns without permit tentatively passes N.C. House

BY: - June 7, 2017

A bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit under most circumstances came one step closer to becoming law Wednesday, passing its second reading in the N.C. House 65-54. House Bill 746 will face a third reading in the House before heading to the Senate. If passed there, it will go to Gov. Roy […]

Five Questions with Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes on concealed carry

BY: - June 5, 2017

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes is one of the most popular and longest serving Republican sheriffs in North Carolina. When first elected in 1994, Barnes was the first Republican to hold his office in the left-leaning county in nearly three decades. He’s had a lock on it ever since, winning re-election comfortably whether challengers come […]

Bill eliminating concealed carry gun permits moves forward

BY: - May 31, 2017

A bill making it legal for most people to carry concealed handguns without a permit took a crucial step closer to becoming law Wednesday. House Bill 746  would, with a few exceptions, remove the state’s requirement for a concealed carry permit, allowing anyone 18 or older who legally owns a gun to carry to conceal it except […]