North Carolina gun bill neutered, gun control policy stays intact

Chris Eger for reports:

Lawmakers passed a gun reform bill that would have eliminated the long-standing practice of obtaining a permit before buying a handgun – only after the provision was removed.

The permit to purchase requirement, which mandates that would-be handgun owners first obtain a license from their local sheriff, was supported by gun control groups who have been pouring money into the state in an effort to keep the Jim Crow-era system intact.

The largely neutered measure, which still contains some pro-gun reforms but saw the permit scheme safeguarded, passed in a 78-37 vote Tuesday.

This brought quick victory statements from gun control groups to include former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s Americans for Responsible Solutions, who last week unveiled a six-figure ad buy in the state, and Moms Demand Action.

“I am proud that our Representatives appear poised to stop a provision that would allow dangerous criminals including domestic abusers and felons to avoid background checks by shopping with unlicensed private sellers online or at gun shows,” said Sarah Green, with the North Carolina Chapter of Moms Demand Action, in a statement emailed to “We applaud the House for taking steps to protect North Carolina families.”

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