By Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Senate panel has agreed to eliminate North Carolina’s long-standing Sunday hunting ban with guns, with an exemption.

The Senate agriculture committee voted Wednesday for a measure to allow hunting with a gun on private property on Sundays, but only after noon.

Other exemptions remain in place. Sunday firearm hunting would still be banned in Wake and Mecklenburg counties and anywhere else within 500 yards of a church or nearby homes.

The other 98 counties could pass their own Sunday hunting prohibitions starting in October 2017 if they don’t like the change. Sunday bow hunting is already allowed.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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