RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A divided North Carolina House has decided to keep requiring people who want to buy a pistol to get permits from their local sheriff, despite efforts by many Republicans and gun-rights groups to repeal the mandate.
The House gave tentative approval Tuesday to a measure that makes several changes to North Carolina’s gun rules. Some of them ease restrictions on people legally allowed to hold concealed weapons.
The chamber agreed to an amendment to eliminate a provision that would have repealed the pistol permit application system in 2021 and would require federal criminal background checks to occur before pistol sales by licensed gun dealers.
The House also removed a provision that would have allowed General Assembly members and staff workers to carry legally held concealed weapons at the Legislative Building.