North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper told lawmakers today in a memo that ending NC's pistol purchase permit program would result in more criminals legally buying guns. "While federal background checks apply to those purchasing handguns and other weapons from federally licensed gun dealers, the pistol permit program applies to all individual buyers at gun shows or anywhere else. Therefore, eliminating pistol permit background checks means more criminals, domestic abusers and the mentally ill can legally buy handguns," Cooper wrote. House Bill 937 is returning to the House from the Senate with a new provision that eliminates the requirement of obtaining a pistol permit from the local sheriff before a handgun can be acquired. Both the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police oppose the provision. Cooper urges lawmakers to find ways to strengthen the NC pistol purchase permit program instead of doing away with it. "I urge you to oppose eliminating the pistol permit program to help protect the public," Cooper wrote in his memo.
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