- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A group of mothers and other advocates says a General Assembly proposal seeking to ease gun regulations in North Carolina raises risks for more gun violence because criminal background checks would be required for fewer handgun sales.

Members of the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America visited the Legislative Building on Tuesday. They’re concerned about a provision that passed a House committee last week that repealed a sheriff’s duty to issue pistol permits. The permit process required sheriffs to conduct criminal background checks of applicants.

Federal background checks are required nationally for handgun sales by licensed gun dealers. Pistol permits from North Carolina sheriffs are considered a suitable alternative for such sales.

Appropriations committee meetings scheduled this week to consider the bill have been canceled.

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