Despite NC Sheriffs’ Assoc backing, Cooper likely to veto bill repealing state Pistol Purchase Permit law

Despite NC Sheriffs’ Assoc backing, Cooper likely to veto bill repealing state Pistol Purchase Permit law

FILE – In this March 25, 2020, file photo semi-automatic handguns are displayed at shop in New Castle, Pa. The number of people stopped from buying guns though the U.S. background check system hit an all-time high of more than 300,000 last year amid a surge of firearm sales, according to new records obtained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety. The FBI numbers provided to The Associated Press show the background checks blocked nearly twice as many gun sales in 2020 as in the year before. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to veto a bill that would have repealed the state’s Pistol Purchase Permit law despite the bill being backed by the N.C. Sheriffs’ Association, who called the law “duplicative.” House Bill 398 passed both chambers of the legislature and was sent to Cooper on Aug. 20. As of Aug. 24, he had not taken action on the measure. Senate passed HB 398 by a vote of 27-20. All Democratic senators present voted it down. Voting no were Democratic Sens. Batch, Blue, Chaudhuri, Clark, Crawford, deViere, Fitch, Foushee, Garrett, J. Jackson, Lowe, Marcus, Mayfield, Mohammed, Murdock, Nickel, Robinson, Salvador, Waddell and Woodard. The vote in the House was also along party lines, passing by a vote of 69-48. House Bill 398 originally would have granted authority to county sheriff’s offices to issue a pistol purchase permit to “a resident of any contiguous county” if the current permit requirements are […]

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