GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2019-134
HOUSE BILL 138
AN ACT to increase the punishment for willfully interfering with, damaging, defacing, molesting, or injuring any part or portion of a fire‑alarm, fire‑detection, smoke‑detection, or fire‑extinguishing system in a prison or local confinement facility.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 14‑286 reads as rewritten:
(a) Offense. – It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to wantonly and willfully give or cause to be given, or to advise, counsel, or aid and abet anyone in giving, a false alarm of fire, or to break the glass key protector, or to pull the slide, arm, or lever of any station or signal box of any fire‑alarm system, except in case of fire, or willfully misuse or damage a portable fire extinguisher, or in any way to willfully interfere with, damage, deface, molest, or injure any part or portion of any fire‑alarm, fire‑detection, smoke‑detection or fire‑extinguishing system.
(b) Penalty. – Any person who willfully interferes
with, damages, defaces, molests, or injures any part or portion of a fire‑alarm,
fire‑detection, smoke‑detection, or fire‑extinguishing system
in a prison or local confinement facility is guilty of a Class H felony. Any
violating any of the provisions who commits any other violation
of this section shall be is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
For purposes of this subsection, the term "local confinement facility"
means a county or city jail, a local lockup, or a detention facility for adults
operated by a local government."
SECTION 2. This act becomes effective December 1, 2019, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 9th day of July, 2019.
s/ Ralph E. Hise
Presiding Officer of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Roy Cooper
Approved 1:38 p.m. this 19th day of July, 2019