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 makes the following changes to the 6th edition:
Changes the long title.
Amends GS 14-269(b)(4d), to provide that a justice or judge of the General Court of Justice in North Carolina (was, NC district court judge or superior court judge only) who has a concealed handgun permit issued in accordance with law is exempt from the prohibition of carrying a concealed weapon, provided that the justice or judge will not carry at any time while consuming alcohol or an unlawful controlled substance or while either remains in the person's body. Makes conforming changes.
Amends GS 14-415.27 to add justices or judges (replacing language that allowed NC district or superior court judges to carry) to those that may carry a concealed handgun in specified areas.
Amends GS 14-269.4, weapons on certain state property and in courthouses, to replace language that allowed only NC district or superior court judges to carry a concealed weapon, with language that states any justice or judge of the NC General Court of Justice is allowed to carry a concealed weapon with specified restrictions.
Adds new language to proposed GS 20-139.1, concerning remote testimony by forensic and chemical analysts, providing that nothing in the proposed language obligates the Administrative Office of the Courts or the State Crime Laboratory to incur expenses related to remote testimony absent an appropriation of funds for that purpose.
Amends GS 14-269 to provide that the prohibition on carrying concealed weapons does not apply to administrative law judges who have a valid concealed handgun permit to those individuals who may carry a concealed handgun in specified areas but prohibits carrying a concealed weapon while consuming alcohol or unlawful controlled substances or while those substances remain in the person's body.
Amends GS 14-415.27, adding NC administrative law judges to the list of persons that have an expanded permit scope for concealed weapons (was, any person who is an administrative law judge as described in GS Chapter 7A, Article 60, with specified conditions).
Makes technical changes.