By GARY D. ROBERTSON | Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s long-standing ban on hunting with firearms on Sundays now only needs Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature to end.

That’s because the Senate approved Wednesday a compromise measure that the House signed off on late last week.

If it becomes law, hunting would be allowed with guns on private property on the day historically set aside for church services and rest. But there would be made exceptions.

Hunting from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. would still be banned. Hunters would have to remain at least 500 yards away from a church or a house not on the property. Wake and Mecklenburg counties would be immediately exempt and other counties could opt out of Sunday hunting in 2017.

North Carolina is one of 11 states that restrict Sunday hunting.