N.C. Rep. Kyle Hall, R-Rockingham, said in a statement he proposed House Bill 251 after an Appalachian State student expressed his concerns over being forbidden to carry a gun and protect himself on campus — despite having a concealed carry permit.
“Constitutional rights should not have to be checked-in simply for walking onto a college campus,” he said in the statement. “I believe law-abiding citizens who go through our state’s very thorough process should be allowed to protect themselves, even while on our college campuses.”
Nine states currently have legislation allowing concealed carry on college campuses. Only two of these states — Colorado and Utah — allow all concealed carry permit holders to have guns anywhere on campus.
The North Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action, a pro-gun control group, is working on building relationships with on-campus organizations in order to create resistance to the bill, said Christy Clark, the chapter’s leader.