RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - A series of proposed changes to North Carolina gun laws won't take effect unless House and Senate budget negotiators first work out a compromise between competing bills.
The House voted Tuesday to reject the Senate's version of legislation originally designed to expand the number of places where concealed weapons permit holders can carry or store their handguns.
The Senate proposal however also wants to do away with requiring someone to get a license through a local sheriff to buy any handgun. That's caused the North Carolina Sheriffs Association and others to oppose the Senate version. Gov. Pat McCrory also has said he wants to leave licensing decisions with sheriffs.
Tuesday's vote means a conference committee could now be formed for Senate and House members to work out their differences.