AN ACT TO REMOVE PROHIBITIONS ON CARRYING CONCEALED FIREARMS BY ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES, NORTH CAROLINA APPELLATE JUSTICES AND JUDGES, AND CERTAIN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES; TO INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR CARRYING A CONCEALED FIREARM; TO INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR GIVING OR SELLING A CELL PHONE TO AN INMATE AND TO MAKE POSSESSION OF A CELL PHONE BY AN INMATE UNLAWFUL; TO AMEND THE OFFENSE OF MAKING THREATS AGAINST OR ASSAULTING LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, OR COURT OFFICERS; TO CREATE AN OFFENSE WHEN AN INMATE SOLICITS ANOTHER TO COMMIT A CRIMINAL OFFENSE; TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN VIOLATIONS OF THE AMUSEMENT DEVICE SAFETY ACT; TO PROPERLY IMPLEMENT CURRENT EXPUNCTION PROVISIONS; TO ADD QUALIFIED RETIRED CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS TO OFFICERS EXEMPT FROM CONCEALED CARRY COURSE; TO CONFORM STATE LAW WITH THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT DECISION IN HALL V. FLORIDA; TO ADD THE UNFAIR USE OF CRIMINAL RECORD INFORMATION TO THE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS; TO DIRECT MERGERS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY; AND TO AUTHORIZE REMOTE VIDEO TESTIMONY BY FORENSIC AND CHEMICAL ANALYSTS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION'S COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE.
House amendments make the following changes to the 6th edition.
Amendment #1 amends GS 18B-904(e) to add that the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission must immediately suspend permits issued by it for 30 days if (1) Alcohol Law Enforcement agents or local ABC Board officers provide advance notice to the Commission Legal Division staff of the ongoing undercover operation; and (2) upon execution of the search warrant resulting from the undercover operation, five or more persons are criminally charged with violations of the gambling, disorderly conduct, prostitution, controlled substances, or felony criminal counterfeit trademark laws.
Amendment #3 changes the effective date of the section concerning remote video testimony by forensic and chemical analysts from December 1, 2014, to September 1, 2014.
Amendment #4 amends GS 15A-1225.3 to clarify that in the first condition to be met in order for an analyst testifying on the results of forensic testing in a criminal proceeding to be able to testify remotely, the report that the state must give to the defendant's attorney, or defendant if there is not an attorney, is the full lab report package provided to the district attorney.
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