RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A bill proposed last week aims to make it easier for people in North Carolina to carry concealed weapons; however it is causing controversy among gun owners.
The bill was introduced June 9 and is sponsored by Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus), as well as Rep. Michael Speciale (R-Craven), Rep. Mark Brody (R-Union), Rep. Jeff Collins (R-Nash), and Rep. Bert Jones (R-Rockingham).
The bill states, “Any person who is a citizen of the United States and is at least 21 years old may carry a concealed weapon in this State unless provided otherwise by the law.”
Justin Card is the range manager for Triangle Shooting Academy in Raleigh. He’s also a concealed weapons permit holder as well as a concealed weapon permit (CWP) instructor. Card does not agree with the proposed bill.
“The way this law reads, they throw all that out of the book which is really your check and your balance,” he said.
Card says he has trained taught hundreds of people about fire arms, and it’s a big responsibility to go through the CWP training.
“Great weight is placed upon our shoulders, because anyone we certify that has taken our class and passed the class is now going to be able to carry a concealed weapon in our state,” said Card
It’s an eight-hour class that Card has to be trained through the Department of Justice to teach. He says if he is not following the appropriate training procedure, or if one of the students he passes has an issue with a gun down the road he can be legally responsible.
All that would change with the bill.
“If someone’s not motivated enough to sit in and take the North Carolina class to be able to carry a handgun in this state, they probably don’t need to be carrying a hand gun,” said Card.
However, not all gun owners agree.
“Most of the law abiding citizens that go through the legal process are not the ones committing the crimes,” said Shelton Barefoot.
Barefoot says he comes to the range every week to shoot; something he’s been practicing and working with since he was 13-years-old.
He says he respects hand guns and safety is always his number one priority when shooting.
“I do everything legally and because I don’t want my rights to be infringed upon. People like me, I don’t think I’m part of the problems and I really would like them to push this bill,” said Barefoot.
CBS North Carolina reached out to Rep. Larry Pittman for comment, however he has not responded.