Changes to state firearm laws start Oct. 1

Appalachian State University Police Department will increase awareness in the department of the possibility of more guns being on campus starting Oct. 1, when North Carolina General Assembly House Bill 937 takes effect.

This bill, called An Act to Amend State Firearm Laws, will allow those with a concealed carry permit to keep a gun inside a closed, locked motor vehicle on state property, which includes all the campuses of the UNC system, said Appalachian State University Police Chief Gunther Doerr.

“To have a gun on educational properties, you have to be 21, take an 8-hour course, register your gun with the sheriff’s office and then apply for a permit,” Doerr said. “So in theory, the number of students that could have a concealed weapon is low. But we’re increasing our awareness of the new law.”

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