Political Notebook: Ford, Warren endorse bill to give court officials concealed carry rights

  • Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 11:56 p.m.

RALEIGH — N.C. Reps. Carl Ford and Harry Warren endorsed a bill that would let judges, district attorneys and assistant district attorneys carry concealed weapons in court and into jail facilities.

Warren said he and Ford signed on as co-sponsors of the bill because of their Second Amendment support.

“Simply because I support gun rights and judges being able to have some sort of protection,” Warren said.

Warren also sponsored a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony for illegal aliens to possess firearms.

“... All sheriffs and law enforcement officers are authorized to seize the unlawfully possessed firearm in accordance with applicable state law,” the bills states. “Any law enforcement agency in possession of the firearm shall retain the item pending a disposition order from a district or superior court judge.”

Hudson to visit RCCC on Tuesday during community college tour

SALISBURY — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson is slated to stop at Rowan-Salisbury Community College on Tuesday morning as part of the “Jobs and Education” tour.

Hudson is visiting community colleges across the 8th District, speaking with school administrators, professors and students about how local schools create jobs.

The freshman congressman is expected to stop in from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Salisbury campus.

A press release said Hudson will also speak about steps Congress is taking to help boost employment.

Hagan announces small business advisory committee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has introduced her newly created Small Business Advisory Committee.

The committee will advise her on legislative issues and assist her in the development of policy proposals to support North Carolina’s small businesses, a press release stated.

Hagan announced the committee in Greensboro after a tour of the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, a non-profit committed to enhancing economic development in the area.

“This advisory committee will make me an even stronger voice for North Carolina small businesses, which are the key to our state’s economic recovery,” Hagan wrote in the release. “A strong support system for small business owners means jobs in our state, and jobs are my top priority. A robust dialogue between the small businesses owners on the ground and the people who craft legislation is crucial to making sure policies in Washington reflect the needs of our small businesses.”

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