Proposed NC gun law would allow unrestricted carry privileges

Mecklenburg County may allow gun owners to carry just about everywhere
Published: Apr. 15, 2015 at 1:33 AM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2015 at 1:33 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charles Robinson of Charlotte is a grieving father of a slain three-year-old boy.

"Some guys were just arguing over something senseless and he caught a stray bullet," said Robinson.

He's pleading for gun control after a recent bill introduced by North Carolina GOP Senator Jeff Tarte.

Senate Bill 708, which would create the "Homeland Security Unrestricted Concealed Handgun Permit," would also allow citizens with the proper permit the right to carry a concealed weapon anywhere police officers do.

"I'm definitely against that," said Robinson.

The bill would further allow law abiding citizens the right to bring a gun into any facility that has a "no guns allowed" sign except for court rooms.

The notion of unlimited concealed carry does not sit well with Nancy Hipps either.

"Absolutely not. Nobody is trained to handle a gun like a police officer is trained to handle a gun," Hipps said.

People eligible for the permit would require extensive training, a background check similar to what police officers go through, as well as an extensive mental health exam.

If a permit holder wants to apply for the permit, they must bear the costs of those precautionary measures.

Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Gun Shop, says he sees benefits to the bill.

"The good thing is that in the U.S. we still have a lot of checks on gun buyers. The problem is there are no checks on the criminal," Hyatt said.

When it comes to the actual writing of the proposed law, Hyatt says the devil is in the details.

"We need to know how much training, what's going to be required, mental checks - where you draw the line," said Hyatt.

Gun owner Dan Power believes the bill would act as a deterrent for criminals if police can't react quickly enough to an emergency situation.

"The advantage is that at most criminals wouldn't know who has one and who doesn't," Power said.

The bill, which was introduced in March, would become law on December 31, 2015 if passed.

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