Could teachers be armed in NC classrooms?

December 19, 2012 7:44:46 PM PST
Some are calling for North Carolina teachers to carry guns at school.

The idea is coming from a group out of Charlotte called Grass Roots North Carolina. The organization takes credit for writing the state's "Stand Your Ground" law and leading the way on the expansion of conceal carry into parks.

Now, they want to expand it even further, into classrooms.

"Gun free school zones actually attract violent predators," said Paul Valone, with Grass Roots North Carolina.

Valone boasts an email list of 60,000 supporters.

"We feel extending conceal carry laws into educational properties will deter these kind of massacres," said Valone.

State Rep. Rosa Gill is dead set against the idea. She's a former teacher with 30 years experience, who rejects the idea of deterrence.

"I can see it adding to the chaos in the school much more than I can see it being a deterrent," said Gill.  

However, Valone point to emails from nearly two dozen teachers who want to bring guns into the classroom.

"They are willing to take whatever classes are necessary and want to carry concealed firearms for the purpose of protecting their students," said Valone.

It's unclear what kind of support the idea will have in the legislature. Republicans are clearly friendlier to it and they have super majorities in both chambers.

What is clear is that there will be strong opposition to the idea with Gill leading the way.

"I will not support it and I will be working hard against it," she said.

Valone said extending conceal carry to the classroom was on his agenda for next year before the school shooting in Connecticut. For him, that's just another reason to push for that legislation, which he expects it to be introduced in early January.

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