North Carolina Takes a Leap Forward for Gun Rights, But Will the Governor Block It?

Grass Roots North Carolina Forum for Firearms Education
Grass Roots North Carolina for Firearms Education

North Carolina –-( Carolina you won a great victory today.

Despite opposition by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and equivocation by members of Republican leadership, House Bill 937 (“Amend Various Firearms Laws”) yesterday passed from conference committee and was approved by both the NC House and Senate and represents the most sweeping gain for gun rights in North Carolina history.

It now heads for Governor Patrick McCrory, who may sign or veto the bill, or simply allow it to lie on his desk, in which case it becomes law thirty days after the General Assembly adjourns.

As GRNC demanded of leadership, all aspects beyond the purchase permit repeal remain intact, including:

  • Restaurant carry;
  • Limited campus carry (permit-holders may keep guns in locked vehicles on any publicly controlled campus, plus an improvement that specifically allows guns to be removed from those vehicles if necessary for self-defense, plus faculty members without concealed handgun permits may);
  • Assemblies for which admission is charged;
  • State parking lots;
  • Hunting with suppressors;
  • Privacy provisions for concealed handgun and purchase permits to prevent media abuses; and
  • Language to clarify and narrow the “recreational facilities” within municipal parks where cities may still ban guns.

Pistol Purchase Permit Burdens Lowered

Although full repeal of the Jim Crow-era pistol purchase permit law did not remain in the bill, thanks to your input and the efforts of Senator Buck Newton (R-Johnston, Nash, Wilson, GRNC ****), the following improvements were made:

  • Prohibits sheriffs from limiting the number of permits issued;
  • Prohibits additional fees for permits;
  • Requires sheriffs to list statutory reasons for denial;
  • Requires sheriffs to keep de-identified records on why permits are denied; and
  • Places the burden on sheriffs to revoke permits from those commit disqualifying offenses.

Help GRNC Prepare for the Next Stage!

Frankly, it has been quite a battle. Between radio spots, mailings, $3,000 per month bills to send alerts (no, sending alerts to 87,000 people can’t be done for free), and more, GRNC has spent nearly $40,000 on just the HB 937 campaign. We need your help to prepare for the next stage.

We need you to do two things:

Sign GRNC’s petition to induce McCrory to sign the bill by


Help GRNC “load magazines” by


We are close to the goal of passing HB 937. Please help us cross the finish line!

Armatissimi e liberissimi,
F. Paul Valone
President, Grass Roots North Carolina

P.S. Please help GRNC continue to be the most effective gun rights organization in North Carolina history by donating $50, $25, or even $10. As always, GRNC will put your donation to more efficient, effective use than any other organization.

Grass Roots North Carolina/Forum for Firearms Education is a non-profit, all volunteer organization devoted to educating the public about trends which abridge the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and engaging in grass roots activism to preserve those freedoms. Formed in 1994 to conduct a highly successful rally for the Second Amendment, GRNC has gone on to conduct projects like “Remember in November: A Gun Owner’s Guide to Voting,” bringing concealed carry to North Carolina.

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K. Brown

I too bristled about getting “permission” from someone to exercise my Constitutional Rights. But remember, if you have your Concealed Carry, you don’t need a Permit. Also, upon reflextion, the Permit System does something that NICS can never do because events occur in a county that never make it into the NICS computer. If officers have responded to an address several times in the last week for domestic disputes, that won’t show up in the NICS. If someone is going through a particularly bad divorce, that won’t show up either. But, those are things that the Sheriff would be in… Read more »


, many states allow conceal carry in restaurants that serve alchol. But, if you carrying, it just like driving, you better not be drinking. Most conceal carry permit holders are going to leave their gun at home if they are going out for beer. They don’t want to risk loosing their permit. I know I’m not willing to risk mine over a beer.

William huard

Hunting with suppressors? Loaded firearms in restaurants? Even better during happy hour… Aww heck -never mind what those darn sheriffs think….they only put their life on the line every day. You forgot the privacy provisions for poachers…..