• Summary date: May 26 2020 - More information

    Amends GS 14-402 to require a permit to purchase an assault weapon or long gun. Defines assault weapon to mean: (1) any selective-fire firearm capable of semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user; (2) 37 specified semiautomatic firearms; (3) 49 specified semiautomatic centerfire rifles, or copies or duplicates with the capabilities of the rifles; (4) 22 specified semiautomatic centerfire pistols, or copies or duplicates with the capabilities of the pistols; (5) all IZHMASH Saiga 12 shotguns or copies or duplicates with the capabilities of the shotguns; and (6) all semiautomatic firearms that meet any of the eight specified criteria. Defines long gun as a shotgun or rifle that is not considered an antique firearm or assault weapon.

    Makes conforming changes to GS 14-403, GS 14-404, and GS 14-408.1.

    Effective July 1, 2020, appropriates $10,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety for the 2020-21 fiscal year to assist sheriffs in implementing this act.

    The remainder of the act is effective December 1, 2020, and applies to the sale, giving away, transfer, purchase, or receiving of a pistol, assault weapon, or long gun on or after that date.

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