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NC Senate follows House on legal action on terrorism damages

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The House and Senate agree there should be a new course of legal action for people to collect monetary damages from terrorists who harm a person or damage one’s property.

But before the Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the measure, senators added a provision allowing some North Carolina National Guard members to carry a concealed handgun while carrying out their duties. The service members would have to already possess a concealed weapons permit and get approval from the adjutant general.

Sen. Dan Soucek, R-Watauga, sponsor of the concealed weapons amendment, mentioned recent mass shootings on U.S. military property, including five recent deaths at a reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as a reason for the handgun measure.

The amendment “will provide greater force protection by giving highly trained guardsmen the ability to defend themselves and fellow service members against surprise attacks,” Soucek said in a release. The amendment also received unanimous approval despite a complaint during floor debate that it included an unrelated provision involving a state commission hiring outside lawyers.

The Senate proposal addressing terrorism also allows someone to go to court to receive the greater of $50,000 or three times the value of damages sustained.

The bill now returns to the House, which approved the civil action last spring. The House must decide whether to accept the concealed weapons permit and other changes.

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