North Carolina Looks To
Change Gun Purchase Law
North Carolina State Representative Justin Burr introduced House Bill 817, which would repeal the antiquated, inefficient Pistol Purchase Permit (PPP) system, and instead utilize the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for handgun transfers through licensed dealers. State Senator Jeff Tarte has already introduced his own PPP repeal, Senate Bill 503.
Both chambers now have NRA-supported legislation that seeks to accomplish our top legislative priority for this session.
NICS is used in North Carolina for purchases of rifles and shotguns from licensed dealers; however, the current antiquated, inefficient law requires law-abiding North Carolina citizens to ask permission from their local sheriff before being allowed to purchase a handgun. Even if an individual is not prohibited from purchasing a handgun under federal or state law, a sheriff can still deny the request based on the sheriff’s personal belief that the individual is not of “good moral character.”
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