When North Carolina Republicans — including two representing Pitt County — sought to pass legislation allowing concealed-carry permit holders to have guns on the state’s college campuses, they did not consult administrators at those schools. Nor did they ask law enforcement officials charged with keeping students, faculty and staff safe their thoughts on making such a dramatic change.
That is evident by the nearly unanimous opposition to the bill, which passed the House by a party-line vote this week, among those constituencies. Though permit-holders are statistically the most responsible gun owners, their voices — and those of the powerful gun lobby — should not have overwhelmed the vast majority of stakeholders who continue to believe this would be a dangerous mistake for North Carolina to make.
First-term Reps. Brian Brown and Susan Martin are among the many Republican cosponsors of a bill that would dramatically loosen state gun laws. It resurrects last year’s failed attempt to allow weapons in restaurants and bars, limits the ability of local governments to prohibit firearms on greenways and in parks, and would allow some gun owners to carry weapons on the campuses of public universities and community colleges.
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