UNC student associations stand against gun proposal

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(Winston-Salem Journal) — Student government associations from 11 of the 17 schools in the University of North Carolina system announced their opposition Wednesday morning to House Bill 937 in a proclamation sent to members of the N.C. General Assembly.

The bill, which would allow concealed-carry permit holders to keep firearms in locked vehicles on college campuses, is currently in conference committee.

The proclamation was signed by the student body presidents at Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, UNC Asheville, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

Additionally, Robert Nunnery, president of the UNC system Association of Student Governments, also signed.

In addition to the proclamation, Dylan Russell, the student body president at Appalachian State, also sent a personal letter to members of the House and Senate about his concerns with House Bill 937.

“College is a time filled with many new experiences, and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. I personally do not believe that by having guns more accessible to college students we will be making campuses safer,” Russell, a rising senior, said.

Nunnery said that Russell spearheaded the efforts when the Council of Student Body Presidents met this past weekend. Russell said he believes in strength in numbers and knew he needed to get the other UNC system schools on board.

“As we stand together, and whatever comes our way, our hope remains the same — let no person ever say that the student body wasn’t willing to ripple the waters,” he said.

The students’ proclamation cited previous official statements of opposition, including one in June from the police chiefs of the 17 UNC system campuses, and another made in April by UNC system President Tom Ross.

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