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Governor signs terrorism bill

The governor on Tuesday signed into law a bill that expands where members of the National Guard can carry concealed weapons, and creates a way for people to sue if they are injured or lose property in a terrorist attack.

The National Guard law was in response to the shooting of military personnel in Chattanooga in July, resulting in the deaths of four unarmed Marines and one sailor. The shootings took place at a recruiting office and a Navy operations support center. Law enforcement killed the gunman.

Gov. Pat McCrory reacted by instructing Adjutant General Gregory Lusk to station military police at some of the most public National Guard recruiting offices, located in strip malls. Under the new law, Lusk can designated members who have state permits to carry concealed weapons while on duty in state buildings such as recruiting offices and armories.

The new law also allows someone injured by a terrorist or someone helping a terrorist to sue for up to three times the amount of actual damages, or $50,000, whichever is greater. Legal action would have to be brought within five years.

Unrelated to terrorism or anything else in the bill, a third provision allows the state Rules Review Commission to hire outside attorneys without the approval of the governor or attorney general, as the law currently requires when it is being sued by another state agency.