North Carolina House lawmakers voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D-NC) veto of a bill that would do away with background checks for handguns conducted by local law enforcement.
The governor’s veto of Senate Bill 41 was overridden by a 71 to 46 vote along party lines, marking the first time GOP lawmakers in the state have accomplished an override since 2018. The bill also allows people with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into churches that also host private schools as long as classes, including extracurricular events, are not in session.
State Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, released a video response decrying the veto, saying, “Today is not a good day.”
“Now, dangerous people like violent criminals and domestic abusers will be able to more easily get their hands on guns,” Stein said. “Too many worry that their kids may not come home from school. Gun violence is a terrifying threat, and eliminating background checks will make the job of law enforcement officers more difficult. While our legislators failed us, I’ll continue to do everything in my power to keep people in our state safe.”
The repeal of S.B. 41 will take effect immediately, according to the Associated Press.
Now, North Carolinians will not need permission from a local sheriff in order to purchase a handgun. Rather, they will just need a federal background check to buy a gun from a licensed dealer, meaning handgun purchases in the state will be treated the same as rifles and shotguns.
The decision had backing from the state sheriff’s association and groups such as the National Rifle Association.
“Law-abiding residents should not have to ask the government for permission to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” the NRA said. Read more…