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Ballard opposes guns-on-campus bill

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East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard today said he opposed a proposal in the general assembly to allow weapons on the campus of ECU and other state universities.

A provision in House Bill 937 would allow individuals with concealed-carry permits to carry their weapons on university property, ECU reported.


The bill could have “a direct and negative impact to the safety of our campus,” Ballard said in a statement released Friday.

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This response from the

This response from the chancellor is 100% correct. Gun owners, most of whom are responsible with their weapons, love to give statistics of just how safe guns make societies while ignoring the numerous instances of how gun ownership has ultimately led to deaths, sometimes massacres. A clean background helps, it does not guarantee a person purchasing a gun can be trusted. And all humans are careless sometimes, even responsible gun owners. The likelihood of a responsible gun carrier on a college campus saving the day if there is a Virginia Tech copycat is very slim. The combined possible negative impacts on college campus safety a bill like this would bring will always outweigh the positives.

Please read the law

James H wrote:
This response from the chancellor is 100% correct. Gun owners, most of whom are responsible with their weapons, love to give statistics of just how safe guns make societies while ignoring the numerous instances of how gun ownership has ultimately led to deaths, sometimes massacres. A clean background helps, it does not guarantee a person purchasing a gun can be trusted. And all humans are careless sometimes, even responsible gun owners. The likelihood of a responsible gun carrier on a college campus saving the day if there is a Virginia Tech copycat is very slim. The combined possible negative impacts on college campus safety a bill like this would bring will always outweigh the positives.
Legal ownership of guns is different than obtaining a conceal carry permit. This law only applies only to handguns and those who have a conceal carry permit. Additionally, the handgun must remain locked inside the vehicle while on campus. I do not support conceal carry permit holders carrying guns around campus. I have great confidence in the ECU police and Greenville PD. To me this issue is about being able to defend myself commuting and when arriving at home. In the past I could not do that and this proposed law allows for that. Research the statistics on the number of crimes committed by conceal carry permit holders. Please don't confuse gun ownership and conceal carry. The standard is much higher for conceal carry permit holders. This law also allows permit holders to carry in restaurants that serve alcohol (but not bars) as long as that person is not drinking. We should address the issues related to access to guns for those with mental health issues and criminals rather than law abiding citizens. Many of the horrible shootings were by mentally impaired individuals and all but one was in a gun free zone. Rep Giffords shooting was the exception and her recovery is admirable. I am still grieving for those children in Conn.

Respectfully Disagree

As a state employee and conceal carry permit holder I respectfully disagree with Chancellor Ballard. This law requires that hand guns only be kept in a compartment within a locked vehicle. There are severe penalties for taking the hand gun out of the vehicle. Personally, I would add that said hand gun be equipped with a trigger lock while on state property and kept unloaded. Studies have shown that conceal carry permit holders commit less than 1% of all crimes. The uninformed should know that one must be 21 years of age before being allowed to get a conceal carry permit limiting the number of ECU students who potentially could have such a permit. There is a class required, a fee and criminal background check. Is Chancellor Ballard's concern related to faculty and staff? I would have absolutely no desire to remove my handgun from my vehicle while on state property. My concern is self defense commuting and once I get home. Right now I feel vulnerable arriving home, especially after dark. My guns are inside locked in a gun safe. I support this proposed law and encourage like minded citizens to speak up.

If you make it hard enough to

If you make it hard enough to be armed then no one will be armed except criminals. Students are attacked much more often than the total population because thugs know they are not carrying. Having a gun in a vehicle should be a no brainer.

everyone has an opinion.

Personally, I don't see a problem with someone, who been deemed by the state safe to carry a concealed weapon, keeping their gun in their vehicle while on campus. For many it is a matter of self defense while traveling to and from campus. Right now, if a person lives outside of Greenville, but works during the day, and attends classes at night before traveling back home, they are breaking the law unless they travel back home to deposit their gun before returning to campus. What about the adults attending night classes who need to stop for gas on the way home? Not allowing them to keep their gun in their vehicle also takes away their right to defend themselves while in transit.

nightrain wrote:Personally, I

nightrain wrote:
Personally, I don't see a problem with someone, who been deemed by the state safe to carry a concealed weapon, keeping their gun in their vehicle while on campus. For many it is a matter of self defense while traveling to and from campus. Right now, if a person lives outside of Greenville, but works during the day, and attends classes at night before traveling back home, they are breaking the law unless they travel back home to deposit their gun before returning to campus. What about the adults attending night classes who need to stop for gas on the way home? Not allowing them to keep their gun in their vehicle also takes away their right to defend themselves while in transit.
I disagree with you Concealed Carry Permit holders should be able to keep their firearms on their person while on campus, not in the trunk of a vehicle. Won't do you a bit of good to have a gun locked in your trunk when a crazy nut comes into your classroom blazing away.

I agree

I agree wholly. If you can legally carry, you should be able to carry anywhere. This particular bill, as I understand it, only addresses the issue of it being illegal to have them in a vehicle. Another I would like to see changed is being able to carry into restaurants and bars. If you are not drinking, it should not make a difference what the other patrons are doing. It doesn't even make sense that a person that can carry for defense of his/her family, can only do so in "certain" restaurants.

Great Statement Mr. Chancellor!

It takes courage to stand up to the gun fanatics. But steel yourself for the wave of attacks from the NRA and their Greenville lackies such as "armynurse" and "mathteacher." Be of good cheer! They honor you with their mindless drivel.

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