Cooper vetoes bill allowing guns in churches on school campuses

Cooper vetoes bill allowing guns in churches on school campuses

RALIEGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would have allowed people to carry guns in a church located on a private school campus when school was not in session. The bill also would have expanded concealed carry protection to more law enforcement employees. “For the safety of students and teachers, North Carolina should keep guns off school grounds,” Cooper said in explaining his veto of Senate Bill 43. The veto prompted a response on Twitter from Demi Dowdy, director of communications for N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore. “Unfortunately, @NC_Governor has exhibited a pattern of discriminating against churches and religious meeting places,” Dowdy wrote. “During the pandemic he prohibited religious gatherings while hardware stores, department stores, and grocery stores remained opened.” “Now @NC_Governor has vetoed SB 43, which would have protected 2nd Amendment rights of citizens who gather to worship on school property outside of school operating hours,” Dowdy added. “This should have been an easy one to sign off on.” Moore also responded with a prepared statement. “Today Governor Cooper vetoed SB 43, a bill to ‘Protect Religious Meeting Places.’ Senate Bill 43 passed through the House with veto-proof margins. It is a narrowly targeted legislation that simply allows North Carolinians to exercise their Second Amendment rights at a religious meeting place that is also the location of a school, as long as it is outside school operating hours.” “North Carolina must always be steadfast in protecting our Second Amendment rights and our religious liberty,” Moore […]

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