On June 25th, the North Carolina Senate voted*33-14*and the House of Representatives voted*77-38*to pass*House Bill 652, the Second*Amendment*Preservation Act,*to expand the ability of citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones while attending religious worship. After this bill stalled last year, the Senate took swift bipartisan*action on June 19th*of this year,*sending it*to the House. The House and Senate agreed in conference to extend*the legislation beyond the freedom to worship safely, making it easier*for individuals to*renew*their conceal handgun permit, as well as two*minor*exemptions for first responders.

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