Gun safety advocates to urge NC lawmakers to reject bill that would arm teachers


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Arming North Carolina’s teachers remains a contentious topic and there’s a bill that’s been filed in the legislature that would make it a reality.

On Wednesday, a group of moms — NC Moms Demand Action — are heading to downtown Raleigh to stand against it.

SB 192, the School Security Act of 2019, would create teacher resource officers. They would get law enforcement training, be able to make arrests and they would also be allowed to carry a gun.

NC Moms Demand Action and another group, Everytown for Gun Safety, will call for that bill’s rejection. In a joint press release, the groups called the bill “dangerous.”

Both groups will meet with lawmakers to discuss SB 192, as well as HB 454, which is the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill. HB 454 “would empower family and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily disrupt someone’s access to guns when they present a serious threat to themselves or others,” according to the press release.

Moms Demand Action and Everytown will press lawmakers to pass HB 454 and reject SB 192.

The groups will be meeting with lawmakers as part of the state’s Advocacy Day at the legislature.

The groups, as well as gun violence survivors, will meet with lawmakers at 11:30 a.m.

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