A new bill is now making its way through the North Carolina legislature that would essentially make it legal for teachers to bring firearms into their classrooms.
House Bill 216, or the ‘School Self-Defense Act’, has just passed its first reading in the NC House.
If approved by both the House and Senate, the new law would;
“AUTHORIZE CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY OR STAFF OF A SCHOOL TO CARRY A HANDGUN ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS TO RESPOND TO ACTS OF VIOLENCE OR AN IMMINENT THREAT OF VIOLENCE”
The bill would require school staff to have obtained their concealed weapons permit and undergo routine drug testing.
The bill’s primary sponsors are Cabarrus County’s Republican representative Larry Pittman, and Craven County’s Republican representative Michael Speciale.
“I am sick and tired of students and school personnel being defenseless, sitting ducks for people who want to come into gun free zones and attack them,” Pittman replied to NBC Charlotte in a statement. “There are teachers who have concealed carry permits who are willing to get further training to be the first line of defense if necessary or the second line of defense if the SRO goes down. Their right to life dictates their right to self-defense. We are not talking about making anyone be armed if they do not wish to do so; but those who are willing and capable to defend themselves and the children while waiting for police to arrive have the right to do so, and that right should not be hindered or infringed.”
What do you think about the new bill?