Poll: Should trained volunteers carry guns in our schools?
A bill being considered in the N.C. General Assembly would allow trained school volunteers called "safety marshals" to carry a weapon and to use it in case of a mass shooting incident.
The bill introduced last week by N.C. Sen. Stan Bingham is one of several gun bills up for consideration in the state legislature this session in response to the pre-holiday shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Each Cape Fear area school system has beefed up security following the December shootings, including allotting county money to station extra sheriff's deputies at all schools.
Right now, North Carolina law only allows law enforcement officials to carry weapons on school premises. If the bill became law, a lockbox could be kept on school property containing a gun and bulletproof vest. And application of such a law would be left to the individual school systems.