Reps. Warren, Sasser supporting a number of gun-related measures

Reps. Warren, Sasser supporting a number of gun-related measures

By Natalie Anderson natalie.anderson@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Reps. Harry Warren and Wayne Sasser have each signed on to support more than 70 bills in the House, and together they’re supporting a number of gun-related measures that have made their way to the Senate. Warren, a Republican representing Rowan County, began working on gun-related legislation early in the session, leading House Bill 48, which allows emergency medical services personnel after completing specialized training to carry a concealed weapon when they’re working with a SWAT team in dangerous situations. That measure passed the House on March 10 by a vote of 79-41, with 10 Democrats in support. Warren said the bill arose from concern about self-defense in such situations. He told the Post opposition is expected because hearing the word “gun” can “invoke a response in some people that is totally irrelevant to the conversation.” Rep. Carolyn Logan, a Democrat representing Mecklenburg County and a former officer with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, voiced her opposition during the bill’s debate on March 10, citing concern for a sidearm serving as a distraction from the focus of EMS personnel to save lives. Warren clarified that the bill only permits concealed handguns as allowed by state law and would make the ability to concealed carry an option by exempting them from restrictions in the current law. He also said the bill doesn’t call for EMS personnel to perform SWAT operations. Rep. Brian Turner, a Democrat from Buncombe County, voted in support of the bill. […]

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