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NC 'guns in bars' bill could die in committee

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ALLEN REED
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Pro-gun advocates worry that a bill to permit handguns in North Carolina bars is being quietly shoved aside.

The bill would allow people with concealed weapons licenses to carry guns into businesses that serve alcohol. The bill is currently on hold in the Senate Finance Committee and is not scheduled for discussion.

Pro-gun advocates think the Senate's inaction is intentional. The president of Grass Roots North Carolina, F. Paul Valone, says senators are afraid to take up the controversial legislation before the November election.

Senate leader Phil Berger says legislators are busy working on the budget and will address the bill as soon as they can. Berger says it is a matter of when, not if, the bill gets put to vote.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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