Guns

Business & Economy
10:46 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Ruger Opening Gun Manufacturing Plant In Rockingham County

Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page takes aim at a steel plate during a round of target practice earlier this month. Mayodan, a small town in the county, is the site of a new gun manufacturing plant that will create more than 450 jobs.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Sam Page steps out of his jeep wrangler wearing a green hunting suit, boots and a black hat. Everything but his hands, face and neck is covered. It’s a sizzling Thursday summer afternoon and Page is dripping with sweat. After a short walk into the woods, he plants his feet, focuses on a steel plate about 50 feet in front of him— and fires.

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Politics & Government
6:59 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Senate Passes Handgun Bill

Credit Dave DeWitt

State senators have passed a measure that would do away with handgun permits and add more places people can carry or store firearms.

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Law
5:11 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Mothers Rally To Fight Gun Violence

Credit Megathon Charlie via Flickr, Creative Commons

Mothers across North Carolina are marching and speaking out at events tomorrow to raise awareness of how gun violence affects families. Joslyn Simms, who lost her son Rayburn to gun violence eight years ago this month, will be speaking at tomorrow's rally in Durham.

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Politics & Government
7:12 am
Tue May 7, 2013

House Lawmakers Tentatively Approve Relaxing Gun Laws

Credit Jessica Jones

State house lawmakers have given tentative approval to a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses, at sporting events and in businesses serving alcohol, among other places.

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The State of Things
10:46 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Son’s Death Spurs Mother To Fight Violence

Khaaliq Johnson
Credit mothersincharge.org

When Dorothy Johnson-Speight’s son Khaaliq was killed in 2001, she thought her life was over. He wasn’t the first child she lost – her 3-year-old daughter had died almost 15 years to the day before
Khaaliq’s murder -- but he was the first child lost to violence, and his death shook her.

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Publicizing Gun Permit Records: The Struggle Between The First And Second Amendment

  In North Carolina, when you purchase a handgun, your gun permit goes into the state's public records. Recently, however, Republican lawmakers have sponsored a bill that would remove this information from public access. Today on The State of Things we speak with local experts about the struggle between the first and second amendment.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Triad Update

Duke Energy angered residents after cutting down trees in Greensboro, and Winston Salem is causing an uproar over its ban on concealed guns in certain parks. Frank Stasio discusses the triad updates with WUNC's Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

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Law
6:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Why a Gun Rights Group is Suing Winston-Salem

A gun-rights group is suing the city of Winston-Salem over what it claims are unconstitutional restrictions of concealed weapons.

Two years ago the general assembly gave cities the ability to regulate concealed handguns at county and municipal recreational facilities. Winston-Salem leaders defined recreational facilities as playgrounds, swimming pools, athletic fields and athletics facilities. Of the city's 69 parks, concealed handguns are prohibited in parts or all of 52.

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Law
11:25 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilmington Police Praise Gunfire Detection System

Wilmington's police chief says a new gunshot-detection technology is helping officers make arrests. The city used a federal grant to install the ShotSpotter system in November. Acoustic sensors around a 3-square-mile area detect gunshots and immediately relay the information to police. Chief Ralph Evangelous is urging the city council to continue ShotSpotter once the federal funding runs out next year. It would cost about $120,000 dollars. Officials in other cities where the system has been proposed have objected to the cost in a time of tight budgets. Evangelous disagrees.

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Politics & Government
5:36 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

House OKs Concealed Guns In Restaurants, Parks

A bill passed in the state House would allow residents with concealed handgun permits to carry them into more public places. The measure would allow people with "concealed carry" handgun permits to bring their weapons into restaurants. This includes establishments that serve alcohol.

Republican representative Mark Hilton of Conover says the bill isn't unusual:

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