North Carolina

North Carolina considering changes to pistol permit requirements

RALEIGH, N.C. - There's a new bill facing the North Carolina House which will eliminate the state pistol purchase permit requirement for anyone buying a gun privately or in a store.

Currently, pistol permits are issued by local sheriffs who check applicants for citizenship, felony or domestic violence convictions, court judgments of mental incompetence or admittance to a mental institution, or drug abuse.

We've learned federal background checks only apply to people buying guns from federally licensed gun dealers, so buyers from anyone else would no longer undergo a pistol permit background check.

North Carolina's Attorney General is speaking against the bill saying eliminating permit background checks means "more criminals, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill can illegally buy guns." He says, instead, the state should be looking for ways to keep guns from them.

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