Local colleges and universities are concerned the safety of thousands of students could be in jeopardy. They want state lawmakers to remove part of a bill that would allow concealed handgun permit holders to keep handguns in vehicles on campus.
With only about 2,600 students, Queens University of Charlotte is one of the smallest -- and safest -- universities in the Charlotte region. But many on campus are concerned about legislation in the state House: House Bill 937.
If the bill passes, private universities like Queens would not be forced to allow guns on campus, but the change would extend to all public community colleges and UNC campuses. Still, Queens is concerned it would still feel the effects.
"You'll be making guns more available on campus. Bad idea," Queens security spokesman Thomas Younce said.
A House committee voted on the campus gun bill last week. A floor vote on the issue was scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed.
The Chancellor of UNC Charlotte, Philip I. Dubois, also released a statement in opposition to the legislation, saying in part: "Generally, we do not allow even the holders of concealed carry permits to transport their weapons into airport terminals, large public sporting events and state liquor stores. The faculty, staff, students and visitors on our university campuses should enjoy the same protections."