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McCrory repeats: Will stop Confederate plates when legislature gives him that authority

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The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and other advocates held a news conference at its office in Durham on Friday to decry the governor signing into law Thursday a bill making it harder to take down Confederate war memorials and other monuments.

They also criticized Gov. Pat McCrory for failing to stop his motor vehicles department from issuing license plates honoring the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which includes a depiction of a Confederate battle flag.

Following South Carolina’s decision to remove the flag from its Capitol grounds in reaction to the mass shooting in a Charleston church. The DMV ran out of the plates recently after a sudden surge in interest.

Advocates announced another “Moral Monday” protest at the state legislature on Monday evening.

A spokesman for McCrory issued a statement in response to the license plate issue.

“Governor Pat McCrory has sworn to uphold the constitution. He will not assume powers not provided to him by law and it is clear he does not have the authority to unilaterally stop the issuance of license plates granted to civic organizations such as the Sons of the Confederacy,” said Graham Wilson.

“Governor McCrory will stop the issuance of the confederate battle flag license plates once the General Assembly provides the legal authority through statute. If the NAACP and the liberal groups are truly interested in stopping these plates from being issued, they will petition the General Assembly. Once Governor McCrory is given the legal authority, he will resolve this issue once and for all.”

Senate leaders have said it is the governor’s responsibility to cease the plates.

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