North Carolina’s Democrat Governor Vetoes Handgun Permit Repeal

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper pauses during
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vetoed legislation Friday that would have repealed the requirement that state residents get a permit before purchasing a handgun.

On March 16, 2023, Breitbart News reported that the North Carolina House passed the repeal of the handgun permit, sending it to Cooper’s desk.

The Associated Press reported that the House passed the legislation by a vote of 70-44, which means every Republican present voted for it and three Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with the GOP.

On March 24, 2023, WITN reported that Cooper vetoed the legislation.

Cooper commented on the veto, saying, “Eliminating strong background checks will allow more domestic abusers and other dangerous people to own handguns and reduces law enforcement’s ability to stop them from committing violent crimes. Second Amendment supporting, responsible gun owners know this will put families and communities at risk.”

People buying guns at retail must pass an FBI background check, per federal law, whether there is a permit requirement or not.

State Sen. Danny Earl Britt, Jr. (R) said, “I look forward to a swift veto override in the Senate.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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