NC gun-control law overcomes amendments to pass legislature

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan group of North Carolina lawmakers has passed a gun-control bill after overcoming attempts by conservatives in the House to repeal the state’s pistol permit requirement.

The Senate passed legislation on Monday altering various firearms statutes, including concealed carry regulations, background checks and pistol permits.

In a committee hearing last week, both the National Rifle Association and gun-control advocates said the bill was not perfect, but asked lawmakers to pass it.

The bill prompted a long debate and a series of amendments in the House after some Republicans proposed removing the state’s process of issuing pistol permits and allowing concealed carry within the Legislative Building. A coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats defeated those measures.

The bill will now go to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature.

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