Partisan gun permit repeal faces shaky future after Senate passage

Partisan gun permit repeal faces shaky future after Senate passage

The North Carolina Senate approved a bill that would strike down a requirement that handgun buyers obtain a permit from their local sheriff. The bill, which passed along partisan lines, eliminates a vestige of North Carolina’s racist past when Blacks were barred from obtaining permits. Opponents say repeal would eliminate checks on private dealers who could sell weapons to anyone. North Carolina Republicans completed a push last week to eliminate a Jim Crow era state requirement that a handgun buyer obtain a permit from the local sheriff. But the repeal is likely to get vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who supports more gun-access restrictions. The Senate voted 27-20 along party lines to approve a House bill that would end the pistol purchase permitting system. The current law directs a sheriff to perform a background check on applicants, evaluate their character and ensure the gun will be used for a lawful purpose. Any Cooper veto would likely survive an override effort since there are enough Democrats in each chamber opposing the measure. The GOP-controlled House approved the measure in May on a near party-line vote. The removal has the backing of the group representing the state’s sheriffs, which for years opposed a repeal. The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association reversed itself this year, saying the background check is redundant given the federal background checks that licensed gun dealers must conduct before a sale are more comprehensive and reveal possible problems, such as mental health commitments or substance abuse. “This law […]

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