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Anyone with a brain knows that banning all firearms from school campuses only increases the chances of the school being the target of another crazed active shooter and that putting more firearms in the hands of trained staff is the best way to prevent or stop an active shooter.

H.B 1030 in North Carolina wants to allow any teacher of staff who already has a concealed carry permit to undergo special active shooter training and then be allowed to carry their concealed carry weapon while at school. The sponsors say that many teachers are former military or law enforcement.

However, H.B. 1030 seems to be stalled in the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations.

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(Ammoland Shooting Sports News) – Several North Carolina legislators have introduced a common-sense solution to increase protection for schools in North Carolina. The bill, HB 1039, also known as the School Self-Defense Act, has been introduced, but has not been voted out of committee.  It is in the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

The premise of the bill is simple. Take responsible members of the school staff who already are permitted to carry concealed weapons in the rest of the community. Require them to obtain training in responding to an active shooter. Allow them to carry concealed in the school, to provide a discreet, immediate armed response to a deadly force situation in the school. From abc11.com:

“HB 1039, School Self-Defense Act, would have allowed this common sense, practical solution to be implemented in North Carolina,” said Representative Larry Pittman (R) 82nd District, one of the bill’s sponsors. “However, seeking to avoid controversy in an election year, our leadership has chosen not to allow this bill even to be heard in committee. This is a failure to act that I fear may one day cost lives that could have been saved.” …

Someone used the example of the school shooting in Parkland to argue that guns on campus don’t stop an active shooter. I responded that there is a big difference between one armed person roaming outside a multibuilding campus versus not knowing how many inside every building are armed, trained and ready to immediately respond to any threat. The person conceded the argument.

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