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RALEIGH, N.C. - On Tuesday, both chambers of the general assembly approved House Bill 937. It gives people with concealed weapon permits the right to carry it into a bar or a restaurant.

Emotions are mixed around the Greenville community; business owners are on the fence about the new legislation. One specifically says the law puts them in an awkward situation.

Bret Oliverio the owner of sup dogs in Uptown Greenville says he won't forbid his customers from bringing in a concealed weapon. However he says he is uncomfortable with people carrying a gun while drinking.

N.C. Gen. Stat. 14-415.11(c2) already prohibits such acts.

"It shall be unlawful for a person, with or without a permit, to carry a concealed handgun while consuming alcohol or at any time while the person has remaining in the person's body any alcohol or in the persons' blood a controlled substance previously consumed, but a person does not violate this condition if a controlled substance in the person's blood was lawfully obtained and taken in therapeutically appropriate amounts or if the person is on the person's own property."

A provision in the bill leaves the decision to allow guns up to business owners.

"You know I don't think we're going to (forbid guns) because there's something about having a big gun or a sticker on your door that has an x through it. I don't really want that perception here." Oliverio said.

Katherine Wetherington, the General Manager of Winslow's Tavern is in favor of the bill. She likes that the decision is left up to establishments. "It is our right to choose, if we begin to feel uncomfortable with it, we have a right to put a sign out."

But one customer 9 On Your Side spoke to says she says guns and alcohol don't mix. "Well it's like the wild wild west; it's always been a bad combination." Amy Kirchoff said.

9 On Your Side asked the bill's sponsor, Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer of Mecklenburg County, who will enforce the laws? She said it would be up to law enforcement.

The measure will also allow concealed-carry permit holders to store weapons in locked cars on the campus of any public school or university. Guns will also now be allowed on greenways, playgrounds and other public recreation areas.

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North Carolina lawmakers have approved a bill greatly expanding where concealed handguns are legally allowed.

The Republican-backed bill approved by both the House and Senate on Tuesday allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars and restaurants and other places where alcohol is served as long as the owner doesn't expressly forbid it.

The measure will also allow concealed-carry permit holders to store weapons in locked cars on the campus of any public school or university. Guns will also now be allowed on greenways, playgrounds and other public recreation areas.

The final bill dropped a controversial provision that would have repealed the long-standing law requiring a background check and permit issued by county sheriffs for handgun purchases.

The measure now heads to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

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