Can N.C. ensure ‘safe’ guns? Democrats want to ban handguns with dangerous design flaws

Can N.C. ensure 'safe' guns? Democrats want to ban handguns with dangerous design flaws

A trio of Democrats want North Carolina to follow California’s footsteps in governing gun safety. The "Ensure Safe Handguns" bill instructs the N.C. Department of Public Safety to prohibit the use of handguns that have design flaws endangering users. The bill instructs the department to use California’s Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale as a model. California has prohibited the sale of hundreds of handguns , affecting popular brands like Beretta, Colt and Smith & Wesson. The department would conduct firing and other tests to determine which firearms are unsafe. Antiques, theater props and guns designed for use in the Olympic Games would be exempt from testing. Help us deliver journalism that makes a difference in our community. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. SUBSCRIBE TODAY State Rep. Verla Insko of Chapel Hill, the Democratic House whip, referred to the proposal as a common-sense solution to an uncommon but deadly problem. "I grew up in a hunting, gun owner family and had a brother who was a gunsmith and gun shop owner. Gun safety was a very high priority. Misfires are uncommon; but they can be deadly," Insko said. "I heard of one recently in Orange County that involved a law enforcement officer’s handgun, a gun that would surely be on the approved list." Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 2:45 Students rally for gun control on anniversary of Columbine High […]

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