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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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randy norris
2016 years 2 months ago

this subject is near and dear to my heart, I have had a permit to carry for about 6 years now, I carry my weapon 24/7. I dont worry about people who dont want to carry, that is their problem, If they can live in the victem mentality then so be it, I think of life in this place as sheep and wolves, there are good wolves and bad wolves, bad wolves prey on the sheep, good wolves do not, if you want to be a sheep and hope that there are enough sheppards (Police) to protect you and your… Read more »

Martin F
2016 years 2 months ago

I’m only 19, but I’ve been an advocate of things such as this to protect my family.

Now that I live on my own and my fiance is living with me, I want to know that I have the ability to protect myself and my family. If someone were to break into our home, my fiance’s life and my life are both in danger. Damn right I wouldn’t hesitate with or without this law.

I agree with your statement about protecting yourself even without this law. Once a criminal breaks a law such as breaking into my home, I no longer consider… Read more »

Guest 1973
2016 years 2 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.

2016 years 2 months ago

To the guy “Michael Fulp” I dont think people will be shooting at deer in the park but, If you try to rob them they will shoot you. I think this bill is a great idea because I want to feel like im safe from ignorant low life people who dont want to get a job and just steal and be givin everything. This is the way I look at it in my gene pool is a law abiding citizen so if I live on there will be more people like me in the world because of my kids. If… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

If you come into my house in the middle of the night, and you weren’t invited, I am going think that you are here for something else. When you decide to enter an occupied dwelling without being invited, you gave up your right to expect to be welcomed and sent on your way without injury. Would I like to shoot someone? No that would be the last thing that I would like to do, but my family’s protection comes first and if it means beating you with a baseball bat, siccing the 130 pound Rottwieler on you, or shooting… Read more »

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