- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A reworked gun bill in the North Carolina House would eliminate the state’s longstanding pistol permit application system in six years rather than three and place new limits upon sheriffs who issue or deny those permits in the interim.

The House Rules Committee rolled out Tuesday the amended version the panel planned to consider Wednesday. The measure largely still focuses on easing gun regulations, especially for people allowed to carry concealed weapons.

The committee canceled a meeting on the bill last month as the North Carolina Sheriffs Association and gun-control groups opposed the repeal of pistol permitting in 2018. Now the repeal would come in 2021.

The new version was released the same day pro-regulation North Carolina Moms Demand Action and gun-rights group Grass Roots North Carolina lobbied legislators.

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