Bill would end local permits for pistol purchases
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Raleigh, N.C. ó A bill before the state Senate would end the requirement for North Carolina sheriff's offices to conduct background checks before residents can buy a pistol or crossbow.
"There should be no infringement on a person's ability to purchase a gun," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin County.
Gun control advocates were shocked when they learned of the bill.
"How can this be the response, that we want to to make it easier (to get guns)?" said Roxane Kolar, executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.
Berger argued that leaving it up to local sheriffs to decide whether to issue a person a gun permit is too subjective.
"We need to begin to look at those laws that are on our books that were written at a time when people did not fully appreciate the Second Amendment," the senator said.