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NC House approves concealed handgun option for church services on campus


FINAL FOUR. OUR STATE IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT TO ALLOWING GUN POSSESSION AT CERTAIN CHURCHES. GOOD EVENING. I AM SEAN MARONEY. TONIGHT THE HOUSE PASSED THE MEASURE. CBS NORTH CAROLINA’S MICHAEL HYLAND IS LIFE AT THE GENERAL. ASSEMBLY WITH REACTION. MICHAEL? Reporter: LEAD SPONSOR OF THIS BILL WHO PASSED THE HOUSE TONIGHT TO THE CHURCH’S LEADERS CAME TO HER WITH CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY. BUT SOME PASTORS SAY THIS GOES TOO FAR . IS A TRANQUIL SCENE AT UNITED CHURCH OF CHAPEL HILL LETTING YOU KNOW YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. BUT ONE THING REVEREND. RICHARD SAYS IS NOT WELCOME IS GUNS. HAVING GUNS AT A SUNDAY SCHOOL — WHAT VALUE IS THAT? Reporter: THE STATE HOUSE VOTED SUNDAY 82-34 IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL THAT COULD LEAD TO MORE PEOPLE CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON IN CHURCHES. REPRESENTATIVE — THE REPRESENTATIVE SAID PEOPLE APPROACHED HER AFTER THE MANUAL AME CHURCH SHOOTING. AFTER THAT SHOOTING IN CHARLESTON, THEY WERE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY AND BEING VULNERABLE. HER BILL WOULD ALLOW SOMEONE TO CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON AT A SITE WITH CHURCH SERVICES AND A SCHOOL BUT ONLY DURING HOURS WHEN SCHOOL IS IN SESSION. SCHOOLS THAT ALLOW CHURCHES TO USE THEIR BUILDING TO — COULD KEEP A NO GUN POLICY. WE LIVE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD TODAY AND THESE PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO BE PREVENTED FROM PROTECTING THEMSELVES. Reporter: REVEREND. ETHAN SAYS THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY GUNS AT HIS SCHOOL WE VALUE ALL OF OUR CHILDREN, WHETHER THEY ARE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION OR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. WE VALUE THE KIDS CHILDREN. KEEP THE CAN.

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