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NC House considers concealed handguns at schools holding church

Posted March 23

— The ability to carry a concealed handgun on public school property while attending church services there is being considered in the North Carolina House.

House floor debate and voting was expected Thursday on House Bill 174, which would allow someone with a concealed weapons permit to be armed while at a public school where space is used for religious worship. Right now guns are barred on such school property, although people arriving with lawful handguns can store them securely in their carts.

The bill says a person could be armed on the property only when the school wasn't holding classes, extracurricular activities or school-sponsored events. It's common for new churches — especially in urban areas — to rent space in schools for services.

The bill cleared a House judiciary committee Wednesday.


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  • Thomas White Mar 23, 2017
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    Allowing the guns on school property just increases the chances that a student will "forget" the gun left in the vehicle by a parent from the service the day before.

  • Travis Perry Mar 23, 2017
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    Teachers that have undergone training, should be able to conceal carry on school grounds. Whys should their right to protect themselves be taken away from them because they are on school grounds? When is the last time you read about a good guy with a gun shooting someone on school grounds?

  • William Sherman Mar 23, 2017
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    For certain if this passes, it will create an "exception" to the law banning hand guns/weapons on school property. Grant this exception, it will give the advocates for arming teachers an opening to press for their position..