A conversation began this week among a group of senators in North Carolina focusing on the state's safety and terror attacks.
"We have a responsibility to stay vigilant on this and be proactive, and not just wait for things to happen," said Sen. Jeff Tarte.
Tarte said some legislators with military backgrounds started discussing forming an intelligence committee on the state level. Tarte asked if lawmakers can do more.
"And it's not to circumvent any other processes or organizations out there. It's to be in concert, so we can be in communication to know how do we help, or is there a role to help from a legislative perspective?" Tarte said.
He also brought up concern about the state legislative building, saying it has virtually no security.
Gov. Pat McCrory said he's walking a fine line between protection and protecting our freedoms.
"To make sure that we have sufficient security, but we also don't shut down our freedom of access and our freedom of movement," McCrory said.
Al Pfyffer works at Prosciutto's Pizza in Cornelius and said after seeing what happened in his hometown of Boston, he's open to new ideas.
"Definitely would not hurt, all the information that you can gather from any place is beneficial," Pfyffer said.