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UPDATE:(2:30 p.m. Tuesday ) Cherokee Guns confirms that the billboard was taken down this morning. The store had more time on their contract with Allison Advertising, which owns the billboard, so they put up a new message. 

The billboard now reads: "First Amendment. Enough Said. Cherkoee Guns." 

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that his new budget will recommend $130 million for school security and youth mental health resources.

Gunmaker Remington Outdoor Co. officially filed for bankruptcy this week. It has struggled in recent years due to several lawsuits and a slump in gun sales. 

The North Carolina General Assembly’s answer to the Parkland shooting and a still-simmering national conversation about school safety began Wednesday with a legislative committee. The House Select Committee on School Safety met for the first time to discuss measures to keep public school students safe.

NC Democrats Talk Up Gun-Law Proposals

Mar 20, 2018
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Several North Carolina Democratic lawmakers unveiled gun restriction and school safety proposals Monday in response to the Florida school shooting, calling those "common sense" ideas that Republicans have already supported elsewhere.

The five House and Senate members from urban counties unveiled gun changes similar to those that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week that he wanted the GOP-controlled General Assembly to approve.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the state should raise the minimum age of buying assault weapons to 21 and is calling on closing a loophole in state law that allows non-licensed private sellers to sell high-capacity firearms without a background check.

The National Rifle Association gave more grant funding to a Concord-based charity than any other school or charity in the nation – by a wide margin.

Speedway Children's Charities received $425,000 from the NRA every year from 2010 through 2016, according to data provided by the Associated Press and analyzed by WUNC.

North Carolina teachers do not want their colleagues not even trained ones to carry guns in school, according to a new Elon University Poll.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson is asking teachers whether or not they would like to be armed. So far, most say no. Johnson sent an informal, online poll in an email to all of the about 100,000 public school teachers across the state Thursday morning and received more than 19,000 responses in the first 24 hours.

Gunshots rang out at Calvary Baptist Church in Mcleansville, but no one ran or screamed. The unsettling sound was part of a training scenario video Guilford County Sheriff’s officials played during a recent church safety workshop.

Gun rights vs. gun control. This has become a perennial debate in modern America. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, it's a debate that again may play out in the halls and chambers of Congress.

Both sides have their champions willing to spend heavily to help their views prevail. So a national campaign finance watchdog has created a spreadsheet to help track which politicians are receiving money from which group. North Carolina's Senators are leading this list – or at least one side of it.

Wednesday afternoon, the North Carolina House is scheduled to debate a bill which would, in part, nearly end the need for concealed-carry permits for handguns. Ahead of that debate a group supporting the measure saw fit to publicly release the names, phone numbers and other information of four individuals trying to stop the gun bill.

Updated 10:26 a.m., June 2, 2017

A bill that would eliminate the need for a permit to carry a concealed handgun has inched forward in the state House.

In Fayetteville, N.C., Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke mainly about the economy. But much of the media attention focused on a remark he made earlier in the day that critics say advocated violence against his opponents.

Just hours after Donald Trump’s controversial gun comments in Wilmington on Tuesday, the National Rifle Association announced they were spending $3 million on ads attacking Hillary Clinton in battleground states including North Carolina.

Some will see it as a joke, others as a call to violence against his main opponent. Either way Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump made a comment at a rally in Wilmington Tuesday that is sure to be controversial.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a rally today at Wilmington, North Carolina, where he emphasized the next president’s role in the future of the Supreme Court.

Donald Trump said that the next president could appoint as many as five Supreme Court justices.  He said gun rights are on the line:

Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill on Monday making it harder for the public to gain access to police body camera footage. In response, the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says citizens should be prepared to film law enforcement encounters themselves.

 Charlotte leaders gathered Friday afternoon to mourn over police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and Thursday night's killings of police in Dallas. There was anger and sadness, and a call to use the incidents to build community. 

Protests and vigils have been taking place in Charlotte this weekend in response to last week’s police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, and the shooting of officers in Dallas.

Demonstrations over this week’s fatal shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana spread to North Carolina on Friday, with gatherings in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Winston-Salem and one group calling on easier access to police body camera footage.

Flanked by a group of children from the North Carolina Prince Hall Mason Youth Assembly in Raleigh, the president of the state's NAACP spoke poignantly Friday morning about the recent deaths of two black men and five police officers thousands of miles away.

All 13 of North Carolina's representatives in the U.S. House voted in favor of an overhaul of the country's mental health system Wednesday. The bill gained momentum this year in part because of mass shootings.

On February 10th, 2015, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha were shot and killed execution-style in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Their neighbor, Craig Hicks, was quickly arrested and charged with the crime. But what happened that night? Why? And what does it mean for us now?

For the past year, former Charlotte city councilman and state lawmaker Malcolm Graham has grappled with the loss of his sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd. She was one of the nine shot and killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston a year ago. 

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black parishioners at a bible study at Emanuel AME church in Charleston. Affectionately known as Mother Emanuel, the church has been a source of African-American pride and resilience since its founding nearly 200 years ago. It was the Southernmost church in the first black religious denomination in the U.S.

To find out more about the church’s importance in African-American history, WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen spoke with College of Charleston History Professor Bernard Powers. He studies the African Methodist Episcopal church and is a co-author of the book We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel.

Ted Budd, a gun shop owner from Davie County and a first-time political candidate, took the Republican party’s nomination for the 13th Congressional District on Tuesday night. He emerges from a field of 17 candidates for a seat that will favor the GOP nominee in the November general election.

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Nearly three hours of additional House debate on a bill easing some North Carolina concealed weapons restrictions and streamlining pistol purchase permit applications with local sheriffs did little to change the final result.

The House gave its final approval late Wednesday to the measure by a vote of 78-37 — the same margin when the chamber gave it tentative approval Tuesday. The bill now goes to the Senate.

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A bill that eases further restrictions on concealed handguns in North Carolina and makes other gun-related changes is back on the sidelines just hours after returning to the fast track.

The House Rules Committee chairman announced Tuesday afternoon the panel planned to consider a new version of the measure Wednesday, with a floor vote later in the day. But the committee meeting was canceled Tuesday night.

A committee notice said new provisions are anticipated in the coming days and Speaker Tim Moore wanted to offer more time to consider them.

In Their Words: Sen. Terry Van Duyn

Apr 9, 2015
Mountain XPress

We’re hearing from state legislators this week who are home for a week-long recess.  WCQS reached out to members of both parties and is airing the interviews in the order they were conducted.  Today the focus is on Terry Van Duyn, a Democratic State Senator of Buncombe County.  We spoke on a range of issues, from the economy and jobs to bills dealing with social issues, which Van Duyn has been an outspoken critic of.

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