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NC gun provisions in vetoed 2020 bill clear committees

Two more portions of a 2020 concealed weapons bill that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed successfully last year have resurfaced this year in separate measures, both of which were approved on Wednesday by a House judiciary committee.

One bill would add emergency medical technicians to the list of people who could carry concealed permits during times in which they’re providing medical assistance to officers, like when on a SWAT team. The EMTs would need proper training.

Another measure approved by the panel would make it easier for a concealed permit holder whose license has lapsed recently to avoid taking another comprehensive firearms safety and training course before a sheriff can renew the permit. The bill says they would only have to complete a “refresher” course.

Cooper’s veto message in 2020 focused on another portion of last year’s bill that would let concealed permit holders be armed in a church even when the church is located on a campus with a private school. Such weapons are otherwise barred from being carried on educational property. Cooper wrote last year the provision threatened the safety of students and teachers.

A bill containing only a church property provision cleared through another Senate committees on Wednesday.

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