Judge: NC sheriff must resume issuing pistol permits

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN-TV) — A judge has ruled that a North Carolina sheriff must resume accepting and processing pistol purchase permits within one week.

WNCN reports Superior Court Judge A. Graham Shirley issued his ruling on Tuesday.

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Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker temporarily suspended accepting new pistol purchasing permits on March 24, two weeks after Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency and 11 days after President Donald Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency.

Shortly after Baker issued the suspension, a lawsuit was filed against Baker and the sheriff’s office.