Gov. McCrory doesn't want to pull existing North Carolina Confederate license plates

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Governor Pat McCrory said he doesn't want the state to pull the more than 2,000 plates which have already been issued. (WTVD)

A day after saying it's time for North Carolina to stop issuing Sons of Confederate Veterans car license plates which feature the Confederate battle flag, Gov. Pat McCrory said he doesn't want the state to pull the more than 2,000 plates which have already been issued.

"I'm not going to instruct people start pulling people over and taking them off," said the governor Wednesday.

McCrory said Tuesday that he would ask the General Assembly to change the North Carolina statute in order to discontinue the issuance of the specialty license plates.

However, while McCrory said only the General Assembly has the power to end production of the plates, Senate Leader Phil Berger said Wednesday the governor can do it on his own.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also announced his decision to pull the flag off state plates Tuesday.

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

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