Governor Pat McCrory says it's time to end North Carolina Confederate car tags

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A spokesperson for Governor Pat McCrory says he feels it is time for the state to stop issuing Sons of Confederate Veterans car license plates which feature the Confederate battle flag.

"Governor McCrory will be requesting that the General Assembly change the North Carolina statute in order to discontinue the issuance of the Confederate battle flag emblem on state-issued license plates. The time is right to change this policy due to the recent Supreme Court ruling and the tragedy in Charleston," said McCrory Communications Director Josh Ellis.

McCrory's announcement came the same day that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also announced his decision to pull the flag off state plates.

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Virginia vanity plates also include one that pays homage to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

McAuliffe said he's asked Attorney General Mark Herring to take steps to reverse a 2002 federal court decision that said Virginia could not block the Confederate Veterans from displaying its logo - which includes the Confederate flag - on state license plates.

At the same time, McAuliffe has asked his secretary of transportation to replace the plates depicting the flag.

McAuliffe called the Confederate flag "hurtful" to too many people.

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