Quoted: Lawmakers in North Carolina recently approved a bill that has made it possible for concealed carry permit holders to carry their guns in more places. The bill was approved by the NC House and Senate and signed into law on July 29, 2013. It will allow those with a concealed carry permit to carry their guns into bars and restaurants as well as greenways, playgrounds, and other public recreational areas when it goes into effect on October 1, 2013. Concealed carry permit holders will also be able to store their firearms in a locked vehicle on public school and university campuses, according to Raleigh-Durham ABC affiliate WTVD-TV.
In addition to increasing the number of places where concealed carry permit holders may take their guns, the new legislation has brought a few changes to the handgun purchase permit law in North Carolina. The NRA Institute for Legislative Action outlines them as follows:
•An improved, streamlined permit issuing process
•Revocation requirements for people that have been issued a permit and later are prohibited from buying or owning a firearm
•A new and improved reporting process for records of those who are prohibited from buying or possessing firearms to the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System
•Safeguards for confidentiality of those who apply for a handgun purchase permit