Gun control advocates criticize NC lawmakers

Gun control advocates criticize NC lawmakers

handgun generic Raleigh, N.C. — After two mass shootings in the U.S. in one week, an anti-gun-violence group has called on North Carolina lawmakers to drop proposals to loosen gun restrictions. At a news conference Thursday, members of North Carolinians against Gun Violence spoke out against bills passed by the state House this week allowing weapons on school property during church services there and allowing EMTs to carry concealed weapons when they’re taking part in a law enforcement operation. A third bill also allows concealed carry for federal court officials. Republican sponsors of the bill allowing guns on school property argued that congregation members who worship at those locations should have the same right as other churchgoers to protect themselves from potential violence. Rabbi Eric Solomon of Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh acknowledged that Jewish temples have often been the target of gun violence. "We’re not naive," he said. But he said arming his flock is not the answer, citing an example of an accidental discharge at a Texas synagogue several years ago. "Regular congregants, people in the community who are not trained, who are not capable, and certainly in a crisis cannot be relied upon to properly use their firearms, put everyone in threat, including me," Solomon said, calling the House bill "the last thing I need." Rep. Marcia Morey , D-Durham, promoted her extreme risk protective order bill as an example of sensible gun control that could take guns out of the hands of people most likely […]

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