- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Legislation that would end North Carolina’s long-standing ban on hunting with guns on Sundays is possibly one vote away from going to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The Senate voted 34-13 on Thursday to allow hunting with firearms on private property on the day usually set aside for Christian religious services, with several caveats. The House must decide whether to accept the changes senators made, or try to work out differences.

The Senate version would allow hunting with guns only after noon starting in October. It would remain prohibited in populous Wake and Mecklenburg counties. Other counties could pass their own ordinances banning the practice in 2017. Such hunting also couldn’t occur within 500 yards of a church or house off the property.

Sunday bow hunting is already allowed and unaffected.

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