The Carolina Journal is reporting that Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 41, Guarantee Second Amend[ment] Freedom and Protections, including a pistol purchase permit repeal, Friday. The move was expected by Cooper, as he vetoed similar legislation two years ago. It also comes after Cooper’s executive action that created the Office of Violence Prevention in the Department of Public Safety on March 14.
Cooper said creating the office was necessary since the General Assembly has not wanted to take steps to combat gun violence. He disagrees with the House (House Bill 50) and Senate (Senate Bill 40) versions of a bill that would repeal the state’s permit law for buying handguns, among other gun bills. The vetoed S.B. 41 included the provisions of S.B. 40.