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N.C. unlikely to make significant changes to gun laws

by ELISABETH ARRIERO, NewsObserver.com  |  published on January 22, 2013

President Barack Obama may have pledged one of the most aggressive gun-control plans in decades last week, but don’t expect North Carolina to follow suit anytime soon.

Some state lawmakers said they planned to take a more cautious approach to gun-control legislation than Obama – if they make any changes at all.

Jordan Shaw, spokesman for N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said “at this point, it’s probably unlikely that you’ll see any substantive changes in gun laws in the state.”

Instead, Shaw said, the speaker would probably focus on how the state can improve in the areas of mental health and school safety, although Shaw said he wasn’t aware of specific legislation along those lines yet.

In the wake of December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, which killed 26 children and teachers, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden last week announced a comprehensive gun-control agenda that includes banning assault weapons, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, requiring background checks on all gun purchases and penalizing those who buy guns from unlicensed dealers.

Several states also are taking action. Earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed through a bill that expands the state’s limits on assault weapons and bans ammunition magazines that hold more than seven rounds. It also requires more frequent background checks and requires gun owners to renew their licenses every five years.

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