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NC lawmakers to discuss voter ID, proposal to allow concealed carry holders in restaurants

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RALEIGH -- This week at the General Assembly, lawmakers will honor the 10th anniversary of the joint effort to return North Carolina's copy of the Bill of Rights back to the state, will discuss a bill that would allow concealed carry holders to carry their weapons into restaurants and will have more hearings regarding voter ID.

State lawmakers will kick off their week at the General Assembly remembering a battle to regain what is rightfully theirs – North Carolina's copy of the Bill of Rights. The copy was stolen during the Civil War and took over a century to get back in the hands of those to whom it belonged .

A Wake County judge declared the document, which was seized 10 years ago by the federal government at an auction, to be the property of the state.

On Monday night lawmakers will honor the 10th anniversary of the joint state and federal effort to return the document to North Carolina.

A bill that would allow conceal carry holders to carry their weapons in restaurants will be heard in committee this week.

This proposal says that if you have a concealed handgun permit, you can bring that gun into an eating establishment unless the establishment posts a sign prohibiting it.

This bill also looks to make the list of concealed carry holders confidential.

Only law enforcement officials could see a list of those with a permit. Currently, that information is public record.

This week also expect more hearings on voter ID.

The state house elections committee held a public hearing last week on the proposed requirement for photo ID at the polls and then brought in experts on the issue the next day.

Committee leaders have said they will continue to ask and answer questions on the issue before they propose a bill later this month.

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