New laws in effect for North Carolina

North Carolina has nine new laws on the books today.

Two of the laws add protection for Venus flytraps and one lets children shoot BB guns unsupervised.

It's now a felony to steal a Venus flytrap. It's native to a roughly 80-mile radius of Wilmington, and native nowhere else on Earth, and now protected by law.

Pluck one of these wonders from the boggy backwoods, and a jail door could slam shut on you.

The law is in response to three people arrested this year for stealing 300 flytraps.

Also new -- a Constitutional Amendment allows criminal defendants to waive jury trials.

It was approved by voters earlier this month.

Defendants can forgo a jury altogether -- except in death penalty cases.

Bench trials, supporters say, are faster and cheaper.

There is a new law on drones -- if you're an animal rights activist, you cannot use them to spy on hunters.

And a new law on BB guns -- in eight counties, children under 12, no longer need a grown-up around to use one.

Adult supervision is not required in most counties already.

The new laws are official today.