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NC lawmakers pass sweeping changes to gun laws

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina lawmakers have approved a bill greatly expanding where concealed handguns are legally allowed.

The Republican-backed bill approved by both the House and Senate on Tuesday allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars and restaurants and other places where alcohol is served as long as the owner doesn't expressly forbid it.

The measure will also allow concealed-carry permit holders to store weapons in locked cars on the campus of any public school or university. Guns will also now be allowed on greenways, playgrounds and other public recreation areas.

The final bill dropped a controversial provision that would have repealed the long-standing law requiring a background check and permit issued by county sheriffs for handgun purchases.

The measure now heads to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

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I want to thank the general

I want to thank the general assembly for having the guts to pass a bill that makes sense. Before liberals go crazy, 95% of this bill applies to concealed carry permit holders. Permit holders go through a rigorous background check, and have to receive state approved training and range time.

Well Done! you have my vote

Thank you for being strong. not caving to the media, grievance industry, and race baiting that is so prevalent these days. thank you for sticking to common sense over mass hysteria. thank you for the courage you have displayed.