RALEIGH, NC (FOX 46) - North Carolina is one step closer to joining roughly a dozen states that allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.
House Bill 746, which does away with the state's current requirement, passed the North Carolina House of Representatives on Thursday. It now moves to a vote in the Senate.
The bill would allow concealed carry in places where it's currently permissible to openly carry a handgun.
Gun purchases still require a permit.
The latest measure includes certain restrictions and applies to people 18 or older and who are not otherwise prohibited from carrying a gun.
The permit would still be available for out-of-state reciprocity and other purposes.
Manager Mitch Hyatt, at Hyatt Coin and Gun in Charlotte, predicts the number of people applying for concealed handgun permits could go down.
A requirement to get a concealed handgun permit is a safety training course.
Regardless of if the legislation successfully passes, Hyatt says his business will continue helping people obtain permits and get training if they want it.
"There’s so much that a training class can cover," Hyatt said. "Fine tuning your aim, how to store the gun in your home."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.