NC House Approves Second Amendment Protection Act
Raleigh, NC – The state House on Thursday gave bipartisan approval to the Second Amendment Protection Act (HB 134), which will allow concealed carry permit holders to lawfully carry on the grounds of a place of worship that also shares property with an affiliated private school, as long as such possession does not take place during any time of school activities.
Currently, it is already legal for lawful gun owners to carry in places of worship should the church allow. This bill will simply extend that constitutional right to churches whose mission also includes education.
“This will allow people who worship at a church where there is also a school on the grounds to protect themselves during their worship services,” said primary bill sponsor Rep. Jeff McNeely (R-Iredell). “This excludes anytime when there are school activities and only applies to worship times."
The bill was approved with bipartisan support by a vote of 72-44.
“We have real instances of evil coming into our churches to attack people of faith,” said Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union). “Right now, concealed carry holders can carry in places of worship if it is authorized by the church. However, we have a group of churches that do not have that option because of their extended mission to help people in need by providing education opportunities.”
An identical bill was vetoed last year by Governor Cooper despite receiving bipartisan support. The legislation now goes to the Senate for further consideration.