NC Democratic lawmakers plan to bring gun law reform bills up for votes next week

NC Democratic lawmakers plan to bring gun law reform bills up for votes next week

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Following recent shootings and other gun-related incidents at North Carolina schools, Democrats said Thursday they will file petitions next week to try to bring two bills up for votes that Republicans have not acted on during the legislative session. “We don’t have all the answers yet. But, we can’t afford just more platitudes. Thoughts and prayers don’t change what’s already happened,” said Rep. Julie von Haefen (D-Wake County). Rep. von Haefen was joined by other Democratic state representatives and groups calling for various reforms to gun laws. The two bills they highlighted can be seen here: House Bill 525 and House Bill 623 The first would establish extreme risk protection orders, also knows as a red flag law, where a judge could temporarily order someone’s guns be taken if they’re deemed to be a threat to themselves or others. Rep. Marcia Morey (D-Durham), a former judge, said she remembered cases where people would say they were worried violence would occur but there was nothing in state law to prevent it. “What we’re asking for is a balance. As guns proliferate, we have to have commonsense gun safety laws. And, if we don’t more people will be murdered. More people will commit suicide by firearms,” said Rep. Morey. The second bill would require a permit for the purchase of a long gun, defined as a shotgun or rifle that’s not considered an antique firearm. The representatives mentioned the deadly shooting of a student last week at […]

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