NC: Second Amendment Preservation Act Clears General Assembly

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Yesterday, the North Carolina Senate and House passed HB 652, the Second Amendment Preservation Act. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( On June 25th, the North Carolina Senate voted 33-14 and the House of Representatives voted 77-38 to pass House Bill 652, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, to expand the ability of citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones while attending religious worship. After this bill stalled last year, the Senate took swift bipartisan action on June 19th of this year, sending it to the House. The House and Senate agreed in conference to extend the legislation beyond the freedom to worship safely, making it easier for individuals to renew their concealed handgun permit, as well as two minor exemptions for first responders.

House Bill 652 allows law-abiding citizens who hold a concealed handgun permit to carry a handgun to defend themselves and their loved ones when attending religious worship taking place on private property that is both a school and place of worship if it does not prohibit firearms. This empowers private property owners to set their own security policy rather than the state imposing a one-size-fits-all solution.

Last year, an armed citizen defended his church against an individual in Texas. This worshiper, Jack Wilson, was able to take action because of similar NRA-backed legislation in Texas.

The final bill also requires sheriffs to accept a refresher training course rather than a full course for individuals who have let their concealed handgun permit lapse, so long as it is more than 60 days and less than 180​​.

This bipartisan legislation now goes to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature.

Your NRA would like to thank the North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Association for their hard work protecting and promoting self-defense rights that resulted in this bill finally passing the General Assembly.

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Country Boy
Country Boy
9 days ago

Wonderin’ if Commie Roy Cooper will sign it into law?

15 days ago

If this was a 2A preservation act then it would be enacting constitutional carry and doing away with all the infringement NC has.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
16 days ago

Gov. Cooper (D) will likely veto them. House has enough votes to override, but the Senate does not.

17 days ago

Sheriffs trying to un-constitutionally sell RIGHTS. FL Sheriffs Warn Citizens: Be Prepared And Get Armed Heller says no permits required unless of coarse you can prove to me that the founders had a permitting system in place but we both know that they did not. “Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them.” Heller, 554 U.S. at 634–35. Heller thus concluded with “our adoption of the original understanding of the Second Amendment.” Id. at 625. The ratifying conventions are instructive in interpreting the right that was ultimately codified. Miranda vs… Read more »