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Big changes coming to gun laws in NC

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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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gun rights-Yea Right

Please get yourself a tee shirt or a sign to wear around your neck to let us know how you feel so Us law abidding citizens won't bother to help you and your family when you're getting your ass kicked. We sure don't want to intrude on your Obama voting rights.

Hopefully it won't happen,

Hopefully it won't happen, but someday when a bad guy is coming through your front door at 3 am and your dedicated link goes on the fritz, or works but the cops are miles away, you might reconsider your thoughts about that .357 in the night stand.

That's easy for you to say.

That's easy for you to say. Apparently you don't live in Tabor City!"Thou shalt not interfere with the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens who want AK-47's to protect hearth and home".

Excuse me, Albert....

Can you please explain how a sidearm in a holster on my hip, hidden from view so that no one even knows that I am armed, poses any threat whatsoever to the children in that park?

If I have to use it to defend my (or your) life, at what range do you think I'm engaging a threat? Such encounters usually take place at twelve feet or less.

Now, do you think there might be a chance that you and your children might be just a bit safer because the people who DO WANT TO HARM YOU might not frequent a park where they know there might very well be an armed citizen with a firearm?

I'd suggest that you see how long it takes the police to get to your house when your alarm is triggered. The national average is above ten minutes, which is plenty of time for a burglar or two to kill you and your entire family. You have a very naive view on the response times of law enforcement. They simply can't guarantee a thirty-second response time, and in rural areas the average exceeds twenty minutes. Ever been pistol whipped for twenty minutes....while watching your wife get raped? (They don't always show up alone...)

Another consideration is that people often don't have time to dial 911, especially if it's a home invasion. The threat is already in the house, advancing on you. BAM! The door gets kicked in and you had better be ready to respond immediately. If you're relying upon an alram system, that will ALWAYS be your situation. The alarm going off means that they've already breeched your security.

So while I don't recommend a .357 Magnum for home defense unless you are highly trained (and already deaf) I think every home should be equipped with a short barreled pump shotgun stagger loaded with slugs and #4 buckshot, and a good gun safe to store it in when you're not home.

BTW, my children grew up in a home where they knew that there was a firearm available in the master bedroom at all times. At an early age they were exposed to hunting, shooting, and knew what a firearm could do.

They never touched it. It's all about eliminating the fascination, exercising proper discipline and most importantly, instilling self-discipline in them.

The way to go!

Took the Words right out of my mouth, as I could not agree with you more! Especially, the part about teaching kids about firearms. They will learn, as we did, a healthy respect for firearms.

I also cannot agree with you more on your advise:

"I think every home should be equipped with a short barreled pump shotgun stagger loaded with slugs and #4 buckshot, and a good gun safe to store it in when you're not home."

...sometimes you just have too darn much sense, Common!

i agree on your post but not

i agree on your post but not the choice of firearm. Im a professional trainer on home defense ever seen the penetration of a shotgun slug? itll go through sheetrock like it was paper as well as buckshot. I say use a medium caliber pistol .380-.40 that has manageable recoil for your personal skill level and make well placed shots. its hard to make every pellet stay in a 8.5x11 sheet of paper with a shotgun without a very keen choke in it but not common on a home defense shotgun thats usually 18 inches in length

I'm not shooting sheetrock

I have the training, profficiency, and experience to rely upon a .45 automatic as my primary defensive weapon. I use 230gr +P JHP and don't worry about over-penetration because it loses a lot of ooomph passing through a body.

The majority of people who own firearms for home defense do not have the training and experience that you or I have. Many people who do have the training and experience have a boat anch...um....wife or girlfriend who is not trained or who doesn't like a handgun because of the weight being held at arm's length. Accordingly, a 20 gauge shotgun is the best weapon for them to use because that offers the best probability of "hitting the bad guy."

That must **always** remain your prime concern - eliminating the immediate threat. Over-penetration and shoot-throughs have to reamin a secondary concern.

Obviously, the nature of your home environment dictates your choice of weapon and lanes of fire. In that light, sheetrock offers no protection to many rounds included in your preferred category. A 158gr .38 special round can penetrate two layers of sheetrock and kill a neighbor in an ajoining apartment as easily as a shotgun slug can.....if you miss the target.

The key is to choose a REASONABLE weapon you know, you feel comfortable with, and you are proficient with. Then, eliminate the threat on the first shot.

self defense

If you teach self defense you should know that the .380 is too light!
To stop a criminal you start with 9mm and work your way up. The new .327 magnum in a revolver is best, regular 38 caliber is not sufficient. Plus P is OK but .327 is better.

Yeah let that alarm stop

Yeah let that alarm stop some fool breaking in and raping you at 3 am. Alarms are goods but so is someone who has a gun to protect you as the US Constitution allows. If you had a conceal carry permit your gun wouldn't be in your dresser drawer where it would get stolen, it would be on your hip. How long is the response time for the Police? Yeah, that's what I say...

Well, Mr. Great Elk Hunter.....

...people who are trained on weapon use and care, use their weapons to protect their families, not harm them. It's the idiots that "think" they understand firearms that one needs to worry about. This could easily include those that believe only ranches are the places where self-protection is "highly valued".
Those of us that do decide to carry our weapons "strapped up" (as you so eloquently remark) in parks are not there to make "you" or "your family" feel safe at all, that is YOUR responsibility! So make sure that all of your family members have little miniature "well marked personal security systems that call police from a dedicated mobile link..." when the proverbial crap hits the fan for them.

Just remember one simple thing, "When you or your families life depends on the next few seconds, the police are only minutes away!"

You can go back to your fantasy safari now, big guy. I'd be willing to bet your wife won't let you have a gun because she KNOWS what category you fit in. I would worry too.

I install alarms

I install alarms for a living and let me tell you mistakes happen. Your alarm doesn't go directly to the police, it goes to monitoring station first. Now as reliable as monitoring stations are they have their issues. Such as a back log of other calls with could delay yours and not to mention the fact of the police having a back log at their 911 center. Another thing, police don't go racing with sirens blaring to get to your house, they do the speed limit. It's not a confirmed emergency and they aren't going to risk the lives of people on the road to speed to your house. Once more 90% of alarms are false and police know this because it waste alot of their time.
Let us not forget the worst case scenario, a hurricane or some other natural disaster. This is when nobody is coming and criminals start looting and trying to survive themselves. Your alarm is reporting to no one, it probably won't even work because there is no power and your battery back up is dead.
It's the fear of guns that is most dangerous to poeple, not the law abiding people that carry them, but this is elementary so why can't smart citizens understand this. It's probably better they don't own a gun anyway.
I'm not even going to touch the shooting wild animals rant.

AMEN!!!!

AMEN!!!!

Amen!

That's the truth. I certainly wouldn't jeopardize my right to carry by being stupid. I'm sure every other person who has the CCW wouldn't either.

Freedom???

Those that are willing to give up their rights for the "sake" of freedom, deserve neither! My 2 cents worth!

gun law changes

Some Republicans in the legislature do not understand the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms....the watering down of this bill by democrats was expected....but not by repubs....see how you local reps voted and if you think they sold out....vote them out