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Beyond the heated rhetoric between Republicans and Democrats over President Obama’s executive action on guns, there is an area of agreement: better mental health treatment and some sharing of records. Several Republican Congressmen from North Carolina are co-sponsoring bills that deal with those issues and have some Democratic support.

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A bill making it easier to buy and carry handguns and a measure potentially making it easier to resume the death penalty were passed by the North Carolina Senate Monday night.

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Legislation in the North Carolina House would prohibit health care providers from asking patients if they own firearms. 

Dr. David Hill is a pediatrician in Wilmington. He says it’s important to ask about gun ownership because gun related death is among the top three causes of death for children in the U.S.

"There is evidence on counseling families on appropriate firearms storage can help reduce those deaths. So I ask about firearms for the same reason I ask about car seats and fire detectors," says Hill.

A House Judiciary committee discussed the bill Tuesday. It is now in the House Rules committee.

The bill states that gun owners are entitled to privacy. But Dr. Hill says that in an exam room, when the physician is with a patient that they have a duty to care for, the question of gun ownership should be allowed.

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The family of Brandon Yam, the man who was shot in the head by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, says he may be released from the hospital this week.

Family members are asking for any information that will help them identify the kind of bullet that struck him.


Gun Advocacy Group Turns Focus To 'No Gun' Restaurants

Nov 13, 2013
Kevin Kniestedt

A controversial gun law took effect on October 1. It lets people with concealed permits carry their handgun into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol…as long as they don’t drink any. Owners of restaurants and bars that don’t want guns in their business must post a sign.

And those who have posted signs have drawn the ire of the gun-rights group Grass Roots North Carolina.

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 Federal and local law enforcement officers have been working to cut down on the number of drug transactions taking place at hotels along the I-85 and Sugar Creek corridor. After a four-month investigation, police arrested fifteen people this morning and charged them with possession of drugs and firearms. 

It was déjà vu for the Sugar Creek neighborhood. In February of 2012, CMPD arrested nine people on drug, gun and robbery charges. Crime went down briefly says U.S. attorney Anne Tompkins.  

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Fifty-five South Carolina lawmakers have signed on to legislation that would prohibit health care providers from asking patients about gun ownership. 

At issue is confusion around what is in the Affordable Care Act.

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Concealed handguns could soon be allowed in Mecklenburg county parks and recreational areas.

The county doesn’t really have a choice.  A state law last year allowed concealed carry in parks, and the county commission will vote Tuesday night to put Mecklenburg in compliance.

Parks Operations Director Jeff Robinson explains the gist of the law: “It’s okay to carry a handgun as long as you have a permit, unless you’re at a playground, an athletic field, a swimming pool, or an athletic facility.”

Gaston County Commissioners voted 6-0 Thursday night in support of a resolution that calls for the General Assembly to make gun permit records secret. Commissioner Tracy Philbeck says the resolution was in response to news outlets publishing gun permit information after the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary in Connecticut.

"I'm a strong proponent of government transparency," Philbeck says. "At the same time, I think the press, in a lot of cases, have used the freedom of information act to bring forth an anti-gun agenda to criminalize those that own a gun."

Guns At Airports Hit New High In 2012

Jan 3, 2013
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2012 was a banner year for guns in U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration seized more than 1,500 firearms at security checkpoints last year. That's up 14 percent over the previous year. 

Atlanta led the list with 115 firearms seized at security checkpoints in 2012, according to preliminary TSA numbers.  That makes some sense, since Atlanta is the busiest airport in the country. 

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