- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A gun violence prevention group is running a North Carolina television ad urging viewers to tell legislators to oppose a General Assembly measure it says could eliminate criminal background checks of some pistol buyers.

The national Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund says it began airing Tuesday a commercial statewide through later this week.

A provision in the House bill would repeal a sheriff’s duty to issue pistol permits. The permit process requires sheriffs to conduct criminal background checks of applicants. There’s a federal background check system for licensed gun dealer sales. The state permit system helps cover private sales.

The ad’s narrator says “common sense gun laws” like the permitting system goes hand and hand with the 2nd Amendment.

Everytown for Gun Safety wouldn’t disclose how much it’s spending.

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