Bill Summary for H 36 (2021-2022)

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Feb 1 2021

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House Bill 36 (Public) Filed Monday, February 1, 2021
AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PUNISHMENT FOR DISCHARGING OR ATTEMPTING TO DISCHARGE A FIREARM AT OR INTO AN UNOCCUPIED EMERGENCY VEHICLE AND TO INCREASE THE PUNISHMENT FOR POINTING A LASER DEVICE AT A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR OTHER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WHEN THE PERSON OR ANIMAL IS IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER DUTIES.
Intro. by Hastings, Saine, C. Smith, K. Baker.

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Enacts GS 14-34.1A, making it a Class H felony to willfully or wantonly discharge or attempt to discharge any firearm or barreled weapon capable of discharging shot, bullets, pellets, or other missiles at a muzzle velocity of at least 600 feet per second at or into any unoccupied emergency vehicle. Defines emergency vehicle to include a vehicle of law enforcement and fire departments, ambulances, rescue squads, the National Guard, or the US Armed Forces. 

Amends GS 14-34.8, making it a Class I felony to intentionally point a laser at any of the eight specified persons while that person is in the performance of his or her duties. Persons specified include law enforcement officers, probation officers, parole officers, certain detention facility employees, firefighters, emergency medical technicians/providers, National Guard members, and US Armed Forces members (previously, intentionally pointing a laser at a law enforcement officer was an infraction; other specified persons were not included in the statute, and the precondition that the persons be in the performance of his or her duty was not included). Additionally, makes it a Class A1 misdemeanor to intentionally point a laser at a law enforcement agency animal or a search and rescue animal while the animal is in the performance of its duty. Makes conforming changes. 

Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2021. 

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