Republican state legislators have signaled that gun-related measures might not be a top priority this year — but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from introducing a slew of proposals.
Less than a week into the 2013 session — and with the Newtown shooting still fresh on the nation’s mind — seven gun-related bills have been filed at the N.C. General Assembly, including one, Senate Bill 27, that would permit guns in the state’s schools.
That bill would allow school volunteers, designated as “safety marshals,” to carry firearms on school property.
Legislators have introduced several gun-related measures this session, including:
- Senate Bill 17: end reciprocity for CCW permit holders from other states
- House Bill 17: let permit holders bring guns in restaurants and keep their names private
- House Bill 49: permit gun owners to have a firearm locked in their car
- House Bill 63: oppose federal efforts to enact gun restrictions
Schools would be able to opt out of having safety marshals, said Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, the bill’s primary sponsor.
Concealed handguns would not be allowed on school property, he said.