NC lawmaker drafting bill to raise age requirement to buy rifle

Rifles on display at a gun store (Photo: Ashley Buttle / CC BY 2.0)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WSOC) — A lawmaker from Charlotte said he no longer wants teenagers to be able to walk into a gun shop and be able to purchase a rifle.

Rep. Rodney Moore told Channel 9 he is drafting a bill that would require the purchaser of a rifle to be at least 21 years old. Currently, in North Carolina, a person only has to be 18 years old to buy a rifle.

The purchase age for a handgun is already 21.

Nikolaus Cruz, the teen who confessed to carrying out the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, is 19 years old, and the rifle he used in the attack was purchased legally, officers said.

The owner of Hyatt Coin and Gun told Channel 9 that such a law might provide some protection from mass shootings at schools, but said that the more pressing need is for information about a person’s mental and criminal history to be entered into systems that would keep them from being approved for a gun purchase, no matter how old they are.

White House supports better background checks

The White House says President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve the federal gun background check system after a school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that the president had spoken to Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, about a bipartisan bill designed to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers.

Sanders said, “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system.”

The bill would penalize federal agencies that fail to provide the necessary records and reward states that comply with federal grant preferences and other incentives.

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Opinion roundup: Elections canceled, poison-pill class-size fix, throwing money at GenX

Voters cast ballots in the North Carolina. (Photo by Jamie Munden)

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 — A poison-pill to fix class-size crisis, judges cancel N.C. elections, GenX bill isn’t a sure bet, the nation’s top housing officials visits N.C. 16 months after Hurricane Matthew, is anyone winning the fight against flu? … and more.

TRAVIS FAIN: 4th Circuit re-cancels 2018 judicial primaries (WRAL-TV analysis) — North Carolina’s judicial primaries are all off again after judges at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the decision of a lower court.

GARY ROBERTSON: Federal judges give OK to cancelling appeals court elections (AP news analysis) — Primaries for N.C. appellate court seats won’t happen this year if a federal appeals court decision stands. A panel of judges reversed a lower court decision that would have required the primaries, giving a victory to Republican state lawmakers.

MATTHEW BURNS & TRAVIS FAIN: School vouchers, court size central to Cooper’s latest court battle against lawmakers (WRAL-TV analysis) — Lawyers for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders were back in court battling over school voucher spending included in the state budget and a law trimming the size of the state Court of Appeals.

GARY ROBERTSON: Class-size fix, loaded with other changes, OK’d by Senate (AP news analysis) — Republican legislation phasing in smaller class sizes in North Carolina passed the Senate in a measure that most Democrats begrudgingly voted for even as they complained it contained other unrelated provisions that could hurt the Democratic governor.

ALEX GRANADOS: Class size proposal passes Senate (EdNC analysis) — A Republican proposal to fix the class-size mandates that have put some districts on edge passed the full Senate 37-5 this morning, but not without some strife. Five democrats voted against it.

LAURA LESLIE: Class size omnibus gets first vote (WRAL-TV analysis) — The state Senate voted 37-5 to delay scheduled reductions in elementary school class sizes. Some Democrats voted against the measure to protest unrelated provisions aimed at scoring political points against Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

GARY ROBERTSON: Senate OKs GenX response bill; prospects with House unclear (AP news analysis) — Legislation designed to expand North Carolina’s response to a little-studied chemical and other unregulated contaminants in drinking water supplies has cleared the state Senate.

MATTHEW BURNS: N.C. Senate OKs funding to address GenX (WRAL-TV analysis) — The N.C. Senate approved legislation earmarking more money for the state’s response to unregulated chemicals in the state’s waterways.

GILBERT BAEZ: HUD chief Carson surveys storm damage in Fayetteville 16 months after Matthew (WRAL-TV analysis) — Floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew inundated much of Fayetteville 16 months ago, but there was still plenty of damage for federal officials to see.

PAUL WOOLVERTON: HUD secretary says disaster aid must move faster (Fayetteville Observer analysis) — The government must streamline its process of bringing aid money to communities that suffer natural disasters, Secretary Ben Carson of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said. Carson made the remarks at a news conference after he and U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger met with local leaders and toured Azalea Manor, a public housing apartment building for older adults in Fayetteville that was damaged by flooding during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

JEFF HAMPTON: See a pothole? N.C. says it’ll be fixed in two days (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot) — The Virginia Department of Transportation offers a website where residents can report potholes, but it does not include the promise of a two-day response.

New census rule may be a game changer (Fayetteville Observer) — Over the decades as Fort Bragg grew and large numbers of troops were frequently deployed, we found ourselves feeling cheated by the federal census. That’s because it was Census Bureau policy to count deployed members of the military as living in the cities and towns they called home when they enlisted, instead of the communities where they really lived before and after their deployment.

GARY ROBERTSON: Little-known Durham investor Greg Lindberg gives millions to N.C. GOP (AP news analysis) — North Carolina’s newest and biggest political spender is a private investment firm founder and a virtual unknown in state politics who’s saying little for now about his reasons for quickly giving millions to help influence elections.

Jackpot winners must be identified (Greensboro News & Record) — If the Powerball lottery announced that its $560 million jackpot was being awarded to a woman in another state whose identity was withheld, would you believe that was on the up-and-up?

JOHN DELL: WSSU track coach suspended, university officials won’t reveal what it’s about (Winston-Salem Journal) — James Daniels, who was named CIAA coach of the week for indoor track earlier this week, has been suspended by Winston-Salem State because of an unspecified investigation. Daniels, who is in his first season as cross-country and track coach, will not coach the Rams this weekend at the CIAA Indoor Championships at JDL Fast Track.

ADAM OWENS: In dangerous flu season, short supply of generic Tamiflu (WRAL-TV analysis) — With so many people sick with the flu, the Center for Disease Control has reported shortages of some anti-viral drugs used to treat the flu.

MIKE STOBBE: Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu (AP news analysis) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009.

Kids in psych center say staff sexually, physically abused them. Why didn’t officials listen? (Charlotte Observer analysis) — Questions surround a Charlotte, NC psychiatric hospital overseen by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and whether it is properly treating and supervising children.

Why did staff at NC psych center physically restrain teen 38 times? (Charlotte Observer analysis) — The physical restraints were just one way that Strategic Behavioral Center, a Charlotte psychiatric residential treatment facility, did not properly treat the teenager, her parents say.

JANNETTE PIPPIN: State parks see record visitation (Jacksonville Daily News) — State parks saw a record number of visitors in 2017 and Eastern North Carolina draws in many of them with parks offering a taste of the coast and the region’s rich history. Hammocks Beach State Park in Onslow County is expanding on its offerings.

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7-Story CubeSmart Self-Storage Facility Planned for Uptown Charlotte, NC

East 7th St LLC, a company affiliated with real estate developer Proffitt Dixon Partners, intends to build a seven-story self-storage facility in the Uptown area of Charlotte, N.C. The climate-controlled structure will be built on a 1-acre site at 969 E. 7th St., and comprise 90,725 net rentable square feet in more than 1,080 units. The project will also include about 2,150 square feet of commercial space. Expected to open in early 2019, the facility will be managed by CubeSmart, a self-storage real estate investment trust and third-party management firm.

The developer acquired the land in December from Trinity Episcopal School for about $2.5 million, according to the source.

“Uptown Charlotte is undergoing tremendous growth, and we are excited to develop a state-of-the-art self-storage facility that will serve as an amenity to all surrounding residents and business users,” William Andrews, a partner with East 7th St and a principal with Proffitt Dixon, said in a press release issued by HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP). HFF is the commercial real estate and capital-markets services firm that secured construction financing on behalf of the developer.

A spike in self-storage development across the city has coincided with multi-family housing growth, a source reported. Charlotte officials also recently made it easier for developers to build multi-story self-storage facilities in the urban core. The 7th Street site is near apartments and the convergence of three major thoroughfares, including Interstate 277.

“Upon completion, this will be the largest self-storage property inside Uptown Charlotte’s 277 Loop,” said Brent Bowman, senior director at HFF. “The project’s convenient location and accessibility will be attractive to the increasing number of renters gravitating toward Uptown.”

Proffitt Dixon previously built an apartment building in Uptown and has another multi-family project under construction two blocks away on the former site of the Charlotte Actor’s Theatre, the source reported. The company specializes in luxury apartment communities in the Southeast. It has an active development pipeline in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, according to the company website.

HFF and its affiliate, HFF Securities LP, are owned by HFF Inc. The firm operates out of 22 offices nationwide and specializes in advisory services, commercial-loan servicing, debt and equity placement, and investment and loan sales.

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NC school employee accused of exchanging explicit videos with teen girl

Henry Dillard (Mecklenburg County Jail)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A Charlotte-Mecklenburg School employee was arrested Friday and accused of sex offenses with a teenage girl.

Henry Dillard, 50, was charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and felony disseminating obscenity.

According to the police report, the investigation began when CMS police received an email about the accusations involving Dillard and a teenage girl. The report states the alleged incidents occurred between June 2017 and January.

The official warrant states that the victim received several videos and pictures of Dillard exposing himself and masturbating. The warrant states Dillard asked the victim to send him pictures and video of the same.

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How to Find a Good Abode in Apartments for Rent in Charlotte

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