GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- House Bill 562 discusses a number of changes to firearm laws.
What is one of the most controversial suggestions are proposed changes to pistol permits.
Currently, local sheriff's departments perform a criminal background check before issuing a permit. An FBI NICS is also performed -- but according to law enforcement officers, that check is limited in identifying a potential buyer's pending criminal cases and/or instances where charges will potentially be filed by law enforcement.
As of now, both checks are conducted before a person is granted a pistol permit. The suggested bill would eliminate the sheriff's department’s role in administrating their own background checks prior to a person getting a pistol and instead rely on the FBI's.
Supporters of the bill say two background checks are redundant.
The bill has come to a halt in the house as provisions are expected to be made to it.