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I agree with a lot of what you said,but I maintain my position that we shouldn't make it EASIER for criminals to get access to guns as I said if they can't carry the weapon with them then don't allow for storage in the parking lot - not when the main campus crime is vehicle break in! Not all people have attached lock boxes. Heck MOST have boxes they toss in the glove box.
We have become too complacent - way too complacent with our weapons and I am extra careful with mine.
I am also no fool. If a person is INTENT on killing or holding me up and have their weapon drawn then my goose is cooked - as is anyone's. Having a gun locked up in a car is not providing anyone with security but the situation BEGS for the illegal possession of a weapon by some kid who just wanted to break into a vehicle. Sorry that is a chance I personally don't want to see this state take. Violent gun related crime on our campuses is rare - and they have ahem LEO's (that is questionable) on site. Given the quality of these LEOs I would rather they not have to deal with weapons on campus.
But htts me.

Now as for carrying a gun near a school being a federal offense?
Is it usurped by this :
Chapt 14 Article 53B

§ 14‑409.40. Statewide uniformity of local regulation.

"(f) Nothing contained in this section prohibits municipalities or counties from application of their authority under G.S. 153A‑129, 160A‑189, 14‑269, 14‑269.2, 14‑269.3, 14‑269.4, 14‑277.2, 14‑415.11, 14‑415.23, including prohibiting the possession of firearms in public‑owned buildings, on the grounds or parking areas of those buildings, or in public parks or recreation areas, except nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a person from storing a firearm within a motor vehicle while the vehicle is on these grounds or areas. "

Makes me wonder:
"except nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a person from storing a firearm within a motor vehicle while the vehicle is on these grounds or areas."
It looks like a car traveling down Market can have a stored weapon in it.
The city/county can say no to weapons in our buildings but apparently not in cars. Schools are county owned.
Its an interesting question but I would assume the Feds have the over riding authority but this is "feel good" legislation.
Vog

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