NC gun rights bill advances after Orlando shooting

- Gun laws could be changing in North Carolina. Lawmakers are moving forward with a "Gun Rights Amendment" bill or HB 1148. It would allow people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

As it stands right now, if you want to carry a handgun under your clothes or in your purse in North Carolina, you've got to get a concealed carry permit.

"The requirement is eight hours of training that has to happen in the classroom and you have to qualify on a range. You also do a federal, state, and local background check. You are fingerprinted and those fingerprints are kept in the IAFIS database," said Justin Anderson with Hyatt Guns in Charlotte.

But if some lawmakers get their way, all those requirements could soon go away.

Less than forty-eight hours after the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, the North Carolina House moved forward with the "Gun Rights Amendment" bill.

"The timing is insensitive and incredibly inappropriate," said Jonathan Winn.

Winn says he lost a friend - Eddie Sotomayor Junior - during Sunday's massacre.

"I don't want to wake up another morning to the news that a massive amount of people have been slaughtered whether it's my community or a school full of children. That should never happen again. For us to avoid that requires action today from our legislature to make it incredibly difficult for those who wish to harm to get their hands on these weapons," said Winn.

While Winn demands action, the Hyatt gun shop is seeing a boom in gun sales, especially hand guns.

"Getting a gun for personal protection," said Robert Tremblay.

Tremblay says if the gun rights amendment appears on the ballot this November, he will be voting in favor.

"I'm in the camp that says it saves lives rather than costs lives. Orlando or those kind of events makes you wonder if everybody was armed if the world would be a different place," said Tremblay.

You can take action by calling or emailing your representative to let them know your position on HB 1148.

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