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Tillis doesn't see arming teachers as an answer to school gun violence

House Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday he doesn’t favor arming teachers as a way to prevent gun violence. That’s the proposal that the gun-rights group Grass Roots North Carolina says will be in a bill, allowing teachers and other school personnel who have permits to carry concealed handguns bring their weapons on campus.

Tillis said it would be more likely the legislature would get tougher on those who use a gun to commit a crime. Focusing on mental health also makes sense, he said. But he said he didn't see any legislation tightening up on gun control coming out of the new session.

Tillis, making the remarks at a news conference previewing the legislative session that begins Wednesday, was non-committal on whether any pro-gun bills would clear the House.

“I don’t anticipate it at this time,” he said. “Members may bring up a bill and they may have merit, and we’ll move on that basis.”

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