Bill would require dog owners to undergo criminal background checks

North Carolina – A North Carolina lawmaker says he was caught off guard by the angry responses he got to a bill that would require the owners of pit bulls, mastiffs and  Rottweilers and other large breeds to undergo criminal background checks.

Rep. Rodney Moore, a Charlotte Democrat who sponsored the bill, tells Law Blog that his office got thousands of emails from people protesting the plan.

Many of them were from pit bull owners who attached photos of their dogs looking cute and passive, he said.

The legislation died in committee. “I’ve been inundated,” said Mr. Moore.  “It’s a good idea, but maybe the language was kind of harsh.”



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