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North Carolina Governor Vetoes Dangerous Repeal of Permit to Purchase Bill, Prioritizing Public Safety Over the Gun Lobby

Washington, DC Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, lauded North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper for vetoing a bill that would repeal the permit to purchase requirement for pistols in the state. 

“Today Governor Cooper took meaningful action to reduce the everyday shootings that disproportionately impact North Carolina communities,” said Sean Holihan, State Legislative Director at Giffords. “While most North Carolina lawmakers fell in line with the gun lobby instead of the communities they represent, Governor Cooper has stood up and once again prioritized public safety over gun industry profits. His veto will make this state safer. North Carolinians have long called on their leaders to do more to protect communities from gun violence, and with this veto, Governor Cooper has done just that. We thank Governor Cooper for his leadership on this important issue, as well as all who stood up against permitless carry in North Carolina.”

If passed, HB 398 would no longer require individuals to obtain a permit from their local sheriff’s office before purchasing a pistol. Permits are currently required by law before purchasing firearms from federally licensed gun dealers, at gun shows, and online. 

Last year, North Carolina failed to make vital changes in laws that would protect citizens from gun violence. According to Giffords Law Center’s Annual Gun Law Scorecard, North Carolina, which has the 23rd-highest gun death rate in the country, received a D due to its weak gun safety laws.