RALEIGH, N.C. â€” North Carolina lawmakers are passing dueling measures to give legally-armed citizens broader use of their weapons to protect themselves and to carry concealed guns.
The state Senate tentatively approved Wednesday provisions similar to a measure passed earlier this year which places the burden of proof on prosecutors if there’s a question whether a person was justified firing at an intruder entering homes, cars or workplaces.
The measure also allows prosecutors and bail bondsmen who have concealed weapon permits to carry guns in certain circumstances, and for concealed permit holders to be armed in state and local parks.
The House passed a broader measure this week that also reduced penalties for firearm possession on school grounds and required knowledge of wrongdoing for the crime. The Senate bill contains no such provision.
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