- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A bill that would repeal North Carolina’s pistol-permit application system has been sent back to a legislative committee amid mounting opposition to the measure from county sheriffs who currently approve or deny handgun purchases.

Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, a Mecklenburg County Republican and the bill’s chief sponsor, sought the delay Monday as the measure had been scheduled for a floor vote in the state House.

Schaffer said the legislation has “a lot of moving parts” and needs more work in the rules committee. The bill barely made it out of the rules panel last week by a 14-to-13 vote, with four Republicans voting no.

Gun-restriction rollbacks are generally popular at the Republican-controlled legislature, but the permit-application repeal has drawn fire from both the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and Gov. Pat McCrory.

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