Concealed weapon permit holders in North Carolina could store or carry a handgun in more public locations as part of a bill recommended by a House committee that also would toughen penalties for people who commit crimes with a firearm.
A House judiciary panel recommended Wednesday changes to existing gun rules that would build on changes approved in 2011. The law expanded the ability of homeowners to protect themselves with a gun and allow holders of a concealed weapon permit to carry a pistol inside a state park.
The bill would also let the permit holders arm themselves in a restaurant where alcohol is served unless expressly prohibited by the restaurant. Concealed weapons also could be stored in a locked vehicle on a college campus or state government parking lot.