Gov. Roy Cooper Proposes Changes for NC Gun Laws

Gov. Cooper wants to raise legal age of 'assault weapon' sales to 21

Gov. Cooper wants to raise legal age of 'assault weapon' sales to 21

"But preparing for the worst and praying it never happens isn't enough", Cooper wrote. "It should be", said Cooper.

Governor Roy Cooper visited Pitt Community College Tuesday as part of a tour to promote and discuss the importance of education in filling in-demand jobs and keeping North Carolina competitive in the global workforce. "I do not think that is a good proposal at all". Cooper said he has directed the SBI to undertake a comprehensive inventory of the quality of information North Carolina shares with the federal background check system.

The governor also said recent school shootings make it clear there needs to be better diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

"This would benefit working families who now earn just a little bit too much to be eligible for Medicaid but still can't afford to pay for health care", he said. But our law has a glaring loophole since this background check and permit process isn't required to buy an assault weapon like an AR-15, the weapon used in Parkland.

More thorough background checks for those buying handguns.

Cooper said it appears the federal government is moving to ban so-called "bump stocks" that allow a gun to function more like a fully automatic weapon, but if it does not, he says North Carolina should ban them at the state level. "If critical information our state should be reporting is missing, we need to know and we need to change that", he said.

Cooper says, "As innovation continues to move forward we have to constantly be re-training ourselves and re-training the workforce". "The safety and security of our kids are on the line, and I urge the General Assembly to join me in taking decisive action to do right by them".

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