Well how about that – I called it dead after lawmakers failed to hear during first session and officials in Raleigh indicated dead due to governor Cooper #Hope is not a bad thing!
The latest legislative session ended last week with the HR 746 still bottled up in the Senate Rules committee.
But the bill, which would allow North Carolinians to carry concealed handguns without a permit under most circumstances, is one of a number of bills that is likely to resurface as lawmakers come back to Raleigh for special sessions over the next two months.
Gun rights activist groups are telling their members that the fight for the bill is far from over and encouraging them to lean on legislators who oppose the bill – especially Republicans.
The bill poses a political dilemma for GOP legislators. It passed in the House, but not with enough support to overturn a near certain veto from Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, should it ever reach his desk. In a veto override scenario, Republicans who voted against the bill would have to decide whether they are willing to reverse their position to spite the governor. It would also mean facing off with some of the state’s most popular and most conservative law enforcement officers, from the Republican sheriffs of some of the state’s largest counties to the N.C. Association of Chiefs of Police.