House Bill 937 was signed yesterday by Governor McCrory. I thought it might be good to go over exactly what the bill says and what it will do. For reference you may want to open up the bill from the NCGA website. I already detailed Section 17 and what it means for the PPP system in NC so I will not be covering that in this post.
Please keep in mind this does not become law until October 1, 2013.
This basically allows one to have a gun in the car in the parking lot if you have a CHP.
This section allows one to have a gun on school campuses in the vehicle if they have a CHP. It does not allow someone to carry concealed outside of their vehicle.
This section allows CHP holders to carry concealed where admission has been charged and in establishments where alcohol is served. To clarify those who have a CHP will now be able to carry in places like movie theaters and restaurants which serve alcohol. The amount of alcohol you may consume is still ZERO!
This section clarifies the law in regard to children under age 12 being able to have access to firearms. It allows use with adult supervision and parental permission
This section increases the penalty for a felony conviction using a firearm.
This section clarifies the only places where local government may restrict concealed carry.
This section details when the clerk of superior court should notify the FBI NICS system an individual is ineligible to purchase a firearm and also mandates the information must be reported in 48 hours.
This section also deals with notification to the FBI NICS system.
This section clarifies the process for a person to remove mental commitment from their record.
This section clarifies if the record is clear then §14-415.3 does not apply.
This section clarifies one can get a CHP if mental commitment has been removed from their record.
This section makes the CHP records confidential to everyone except law enforcement.
This section makes firearm sales confidential to everyone except law enforcement.
This section just clarifies some minor verbiage.
This section allows concealed carry at parades and funeral processions. It does not make it legal to have a firearm at picket lines and demonstrations on health care facilities.
This section increases the penalty for carrying concealed with a permit in places where it is prohibited by statute. Specifically where a sign is posting prohibiting concealed carry. The other increased penalty if concealing while consuming or with alcohol in your system.
This section removed verbiage which was no longer relevant.
This section clarifies what happens to a service firearm of an officer in the event of their death or retirement.
This section clarifies the revocation of a CHP.
This section allows a District Court Judge, magistrate, clerk of court, and register of deed to carry concealed and clarifies the law.
This section clarifies the definition of certain persons, mostly court related.
This section allows hunting using a noise suppressor.
This section redefines a qualified retired law enforcement office to meet US Code.
This section is clarified due to he change in definition for a retired officer.
This section adds new statute verbiage to define habitual felon.
This section adds new statute verbiage regarding sentencing when a firearm is used to commit a crime.
This section details which sections become law on October 1, 2013.
So what does all that mean for you and I? You can now go more places with a CHP and even if you are not allowed to carry on certain property you can lock the firearm in the car while in the parking lot. If you are reading the law Sections 1 through 3 are where you should spend the majority of your time.