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North Carolina Bill Would Expand Gun Rights For Citizens

June 21, 2011 by  

A piece of legislation in North Carolina would expand gun rights.The North Carolina House recently approved a law that will give people in the Tar Heel State more access to concealed weapons and better allow them to protect their homes and families.

The bill, which had already been approved by the State Senate, will now go to Governor Bev Perdue to be signed, reports The Associated Press.

According to the news source, the main part of the legislation is the expansion of what is known as the “castle doctrine,” which allows citizens to use their weapons on intruders in their own home. Currently, those who shoot an intruder may need to justify their action, but the recently passed bill presumes that such action is lawful under “a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm,” reports the news source.

“This is not breaking new ground, so we’ll be conforming to what other States are doing,” Representative Mark Hilton (R-Catawba), the bill’s main sponsor, told the news source. “We’ve gone too far to the left on these issues in the past and (been) too restrictive.”

Wisconsin is also seeking to protect citizens’ 2nd Amendment right to bear arms with the State Senate recently passing a law that allows for the concealed carrying of weapons, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

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