The UNC faculty on Friday approved a resolution opposing two bills pending in the state legislature that would allow guns on campuses.
The resolution is a statement of support for UNC President Tom Ross' public statement against HB937. It notes the campuses are visited by children of all ages and other visitors, that the university's mission is to provide a safe environment, and that law enforcement officers already offer protection.
The resolution also opposes SB190. The bills would allow gun owners with permits to carry concealed weapons to keep their firearms locked in their vehicles, except for defensive measures. SB190 hasn't moved out of committee, but HB937 is scheduled to be voted on by the full House on Monday night.
East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard and UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary L. Miller have both come out against 937.
Paul Valone, president of the gun-rights group Grass Roots North Carolina, this week issued a response to Moss' statement. "Perhaps your view from the Ivory Tower is obstructed, Mr. Ross, so allow me to describe the landscape: The University of North Carolina is doing a woefully inadequate job of protecting its students, staff, faculty and visitors," Valone wrote.