RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina House debate Wednesday on a resolution backing constitutional gun rights prompted concerns from Democrats who argued that it criticized national leaders for proposing rules the resolution says would infringe on those rights.
The resolution backed by a 73-35 party-line vote doesn't have much force of law and will be sent to members of North Carolina's congressional delegation.
Resolution sponsor Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, said the resolution's message is simple - the right to bear arms should not be infringed upon and any gun restrictions coming from Washington are unconstitutional.
"This resolution does not advocate anything," Speciale said during the 30-minute debate. "This says, `don't infringe on our rights.'"