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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New gun laws go into effect December 1 in North Carolina. Yesterday Gov. Bev Perdue signed a bill that will give North Carolinians more legal protection when they shoot at an intruder.

The new law also allows for concealed carry licence holders to have their guns at state parks.

Though the regulations are intended to give more rights to law abiding citizens they are getting mixed reactions.

“I was happy that she signed it,” said Kirk Andrews, owner of Backwater Guns in Wilmington.

As a supporter of gun rights he was glad to hear that Gov. Perdue signed into law House Bill 650, which expands the rights of North Carolinians who legally use their weapons.

“The laws are designed for law abiding people; not for felons,” Andrews said. “Felons don’t follow the law. The only thing the new law does is affect law abiding people.”

The new law gives people more legal protection when they fire a weapon at an intruder whether they are at home, in their car or at the work place. North Carolinians will no longer fear prosecution in a situation where they feared for their safety and defended themselves.

“It makes it very clear that somebody that is lawfully acting and lawfully in their home and someone is unlawfully gaining access to that home is not going to be responsible on a criminal or civil basis,” New Hanover Co. Assistant District Attorney Charity Wilson said.

Besides legally protecting citizens, the new law also lets concealed carry license holders have their gun in state parks. This worries citizens like Michael Fulp, who often walks in Carolina Beach State Park.

“We have a lot of wildlife and deer in here, and I’m afraid that people will take the opportunity to start shooting at deer and that type of stuff,” Fulp said. “There’s a lot of people that walk and bike in here along with tourist and we have trail campgrounds and kids around.”

Gun advocates say incidents like this are highly unlikely.

The law also makes it a state felony to falsely give information to a licensed firearms dealer. Until now, that was just a federal felony. Now an offender will face charges on both levels.

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105 Comments on "Big changes coming to gun laws in NC"

2015 years 10 months ago

Now that’s what I’m talking about!! I am a married female who minds her own business. I don’t go around starting trouble, but I won’t hesitate to protect and defend myself either!! I took a concealed weapons class in Brunswick County and I’m glad I did.

2015 years 10 months ago

What about changing the law that states you can’t have your weapon in your car on workplace property if there is a posted sign prohibiting it? What about single women who have to go home alone? What if a burglar or rapist is waiting on her when she gets home? If she can’t have the gun in her car on company property, she won’t have it to defend herself when entering her home. This bites.

2015 years 10 months ago

I am very appreciative to the Governor for signing this legislation.
I have a conceal carry permit and don’t leave home without it. The one time I did leave home without almost got me killed and if I didn’t know what to look for it would have. I was an intentional attempt at a set up accidental run down in a grocery store parking lot. The incident was by a man whose father was involved in an arson and the death of my son. I had found out the mans father was a fugitive since 1967 and the son tried to take me out. He missed me by about 10 inches and would have killed me if he had hit me. The bad thing is I reported the incident to the cheif of police in the little town where it happened and he just looked at me and walked off. I even told him the mans name and tag number that tried to run me down. I even tried the county Sheriff’s Dept and they just sat and looked at me. Who knows what he will try the next time.

2015 years 10 months ago

People like Fulp are dim wits. Law abiding citizens don’t go on shooting sprees just because a deer is around. If it’s illegal to shoot at a deer, then law abiding citizens won’t shoot at it. People that would shoot at it, don’t care about the law anyway.

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2015 years 10 months ago

I agree with the Bill, but it wouldn’t matter to me whether it was passed or not. I’d rather be judged by twelve than carried by six. If someone breaks in my house and if I am able they will be shot regardless whether I pull time or not.


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