Colleges and universities are among the multitude of groups inserting themselves into the national debate on changing gun laws.
Since December, presidents from hundreds of institutions have signed an open letter to President Barack Obama urging action on gun laws.
As of Thursday night, North Carolina institutions Davidson College, Wake Forest University, Meredith College and Louisburg College have signed the letter.
The letter pushes for legislation that would ban carrying concealed weapons on campuses, improve background checks required to purchase guns and ban some semi-automatic weapons.
“The time has long since passed for silence and inaction on the issue of reasonable and rational gun safety legislation,” said Lawrence Schall, president of Oglethorpe University, and Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College, in the letter.