Proposed bill would allow concealed guns on UNC campuses

Posted March 3

— Some North Carolina lawmakers want to allow people to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses across the state.

Rep. Kyle Hall, R-Rockingham, filed a bill Thursday that, if passed, would make it legal for people to carry concealed weapons on any of the 17 University of North Carolina campuses or at a community college.

"I see this as not only a protection issues, but I see this as a constitutional issue," Hall said Friday.

Some students say they wouldn't carry themselves, but they wouldn't mind if the bill is passed.

"I feel very safe on campus. I don't see any need," said Colin Crowel, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. "So, individually I wouldn't, but that's is up to the individual's discretion."

Some other students were not fond of the proposal.

"I think weapons on campus in general is not a good idea because, in my mind, it would incite more conflict than it would really resolve," said UNC-Chapel Hill student Rob Rodgers.

"I think it's not just about them. I think you have to think about it as a majority, and especially for certain populations, I just think it's not the best idea," said Mikeaka Roberson, a UNC-Chapel Hill student.

Currently, 17 states ban carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina and Wyoming.

There are eight states that allow it: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

While it is very early on in the process, Hall said he hopes North Carolina is next.

"I don't believe that anybody's constitutional rights end by simply walking onto a college campus," Hall said.


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  • John Smith Mar 5, 2017
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    Students, not necessarily...although if they are willing to go through the steps to achieve a CCP then why not. They'd probably have the head together. All it takes a Jeep (iirc) running through The Pit to take innocent lives. I dread anytime I need to visit someone at UNC Hospital because I can't carry in so many places around there. Am I a right wing nut job?

    Well, I have a CCP. By me saying that, you know I've voluntarily submitted to classes. fingerprinting, background investigations, etc. All done through the SBI and local Sheriffs Dept....including a mental background check at UNC...and passed all of the requirements. How much do I know about you?
    Besides, all it took was driving a vehicle through "the pit" to take innocent lives. Lots of people have them on campus.

  • Mary Jo Holmes Mar 5, 2017
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    Students would shoot professors for giving them a bad grade or failing their course. Good professors would avoid teaching in NC universities and colleges. More students with anger management issues will have guns. Once someone gets killed by a gun, you can't undo it.

  • Ken Ackerman Mar 5, 2017
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    Well I think we should require children from 1st grade on to carry guns, that way they get to learn how to be responsible with their firearms as young as possible. Just in case gun supporters mistake that for anything else, I'm being sarcastic.

    I'm not anti-gun but I am anti-NC General Assembly. Apparently common sense isn't a requirement when you are a republican. Police officers have a hard enough time already telling who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. So lets give more people more guns to make their job even harder and increase the number of officers shot and the number of ruined officers because they had to shoot someone.

  • Stacie Hagwood Mar 4, 2017
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    Of course! This makes perfect sense. Let's let people carry openly or concealed because we all know how responsible college students are when they are consuming copious amounts of alcohol. We can't even get "responsible" sober adults to remember they have guns in their purse and carry-on luggage!