- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - House and Senate negotiators will next try to work out their differences over versions of a bill that would lift North Carolina’s long-time ban on hunting on Sundays while using a gun.

The House rejected Tuesday the Senate’s proposal, leading to a conference committee that will attempt to forge a compromise.

The major difference between the two versions is that the Senate would only allow firearm hunting after noon on Sundays. The House version would apply all day.

Both bills agree on additional exceptions. Hunting with guns could only be allowed on private property and at least 500 yards away from a church or a house not on the property. Wake and Mecklenburg counties would be immediately exempt and other counties could opt-out of Sunday hunting in 2017.

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