North Carolina’s GOP Legislature Overrides Dem Governor’s Veto, Makes It Legal To Buy Pistol Without Permit

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto on Wednesday, making it legal for residents to buy a pistol without a permit.

The state House overrode Cooper 71-45 after the state Senate voted 30-19 to do the same. Three Democrats were absent from the vote which allowed Republicans, who needed one seat to achieve a supermajority, to pass the repeal with the required margin, according to WRAL.

Following the repeal of the pistol permit requirement, residents no longer need their local sheriff to issue a permit before they can purchase a pistol, though they will still undergo a federal background check in order to buy from a licensed dealer, according to WRAL.

The permit repeal goes into effect immediately. (RELATED: Princeton University Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. Says Americans Are ‘Selfish’ For Wanting To Own Guns)

Democrats argued that removing the permit requirement would put more people are at risk, as individuals can now obtain guns through private sales, which evade background checks, according to The Associated Press (AP). Republicans have claimed that the national background check system makes the state permit system unnecessary, according to AP.