- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lawmakers in North Carolina passed on Tuesday expanded rights for concealed carry permit holders, making it legal for gun owners to bring their weapons into bars and restaurants and other public areas previously prohibited.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to sign it into law within the next few days, The Associated Press reported.

Currently, gun owners in North Carolina aren’t allowed to carry weapons into any establishment that serves alcohol. The new bill gives permitted holders the legal authority to bring guns into those facilities, so long as the owner doesn’t object, AP reported.

The bill also gives gun owners the ability to bring their concealed weapons onto playgrounds and other public places of recreation, AP reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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