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.

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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.