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Concealed weapon expansion OK'd by NC House panel

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 25 2013 05:49:20 AM CDT
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Concealed weapon permit holders in North Carolina could store or carry a handgun in more public locations as part of a bill recommended by a House committee that also would toughen penalties for people who commit crimes with a firearm.

A House judiciary panel recommended Wednesday changes to existing gun rules that would build on changes approved in 2011. The law expanded the ability of homeowners to protect themselves with a gun and allow holders of a concealed weapon permit to carry a pistol inside a state park.

The bill would also let the permit holders arm themselves in a restaurant where alcohol is served unless expressly prohibited by the restaurant. Concealed weapons also could be stored in a locked vehicle on a college campus or state government parking lot.