House panel backs easing NC gun laws

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Advocates for gun rights in North Carolina are pushing to expand who can carry loaded weapons and where they can do so.

A House committee reviewed and advanced legislation Tuesday to allow silencers on some hunting rifles and reduce the penalty for taking concealed handguns into businesses that want to keep them out.

The proposal would allow pistols to be banned from the annual State Fair. Doctors could not ask about gun ownership on an intake questionnaire.

People convicted of some misdemeanor crimes would become eligible again for a concealed handgun permit after three years, except for domestic violence offenders.

Legislators deleted language that would have barred colleges from telling owners they cannot store a weapon in their car.

The measure now goes to the entire House.

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