Last month our gun trust law firm provided details about the proposed North Carolina Constitutional Carry Act (HB 69). Another version of the proposed legislation was recently filed with the House as HB 201. HB 201 includes alternative language and proposed amendments, while still ultimately proposing to remove the requirement for concealed carry handgun permits.

HB 69 introduces the Act as legislation to allow concealed carry without a permit in North Carolina. The bill also includes requirements carrying individuals must satisfy, mainly related to identification and disclosure to law enforcement officers. It also sustains the handgun permit application system for purposes of reciprocity.

HB 201, on the other hand, introduces the Act as a law that would “protect a person’s right to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.” The language variation in HB 201 stresses “the right” of individuals rather than a law providing permission to carry without a permit. It would also implement the right to purchase a handgun without a pistol purchase permit, and preserve handgun permit applications for purposes of reciprocity in other jurisdictions.

HB 201 includes repeal of statutes pertaining to Permit to Purchase (a handgun). The bill proposes repeal of:

G.S. 14-402 – Forbidden weapon sales without a permit.
G.S. 14-403 – Requirements for permits issued by sheriffs to purchase weapons.
G.S. 14-404 – Grounds for sheriff’s refusal of permit.
G.S. 14-405 – Sheriff permit records and confidentiality.
G.S. 14-407.1 – Permits for sale of blank cartridges.

Both Acts propose the law to become effective December 1, 2017.

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