North Carolina lawmakers are now pushing a bill to eliminate some gun background checks, and the state attorney general told Eyewitness News why he is concerned that could make the streets more dangerous.
"It is our Second Amendment right. We do have the right to keep and bear arms," said Keith Leveille.
"Can't just be able to walk into a store and buy one. I would be totally against that," said Ed Suarez.
People Eyewitness News talked to in Charlotte were split on a gun rights bill in North Carolina that was changed on Tuesday.
House Bill 937 would now eliminate North Carolina's Pistol Permit Program.
To buy a handgun now in the state, you have to get a permit from the local sheriff who will check your criminal background.
Attorney General Roy Cooper said getting rid of those background checks is the wrong idea. "An eliminating permit background check means more criminals, domestic abusers, and dangerously mentally ill can legally buy guns. Instead we should be looking for more ways to keep guns from them," said Cooper.
Local gun owner Suarez agrees with Cooper.
"I think you should go through the permit requirements. You know, nothing wrong with owning a gun as long as you have the permit to own one," he said.
Others said the permit program needs to go.
"I think they should be allowed to but handguns without a permit. I'm a firm believer in the Second Amendment," said Leveille.
The bill covers almost every major gun issue out there right now. It would expand the places people with concealed carry permits could bring their weapons, including all school properties. They could also carry into restaurants and bars that serve alcohol and even funeral processions and parades.
The gun bill also increases some penalties for gun crimes, and expands mental health background checks.
It also makes all records about concealed carry permits and gun sales confidential.