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State reps. weigh in on if school employees should keep guns on campus

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In South Carolina, one lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow school employees with a concealed weapons permit to bring their weapons onto campus. In South Carolina, one lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow school employees with a concealed weapons permit to bring their weapons onto campus.

SOUTHEASTERN NC (WECT) - In South Carolina, one lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow school employees with concealed weapons permits to bring their weapons onto campus.

In North Carolina, members of one of the state's main pro-gun groups are also pushing lawmakers to arm teachers.

Members of the group, Grass Roots North Carolina, say next month, they plan to seek legislation that would allow teachers and others with concealed handgun permits to have guns in classrooms.

The president of Grass Roots stated in a recent news release that gun free school zones are actually contributing to school killings.

Wednesday, Rep. Susi Hamilton, said that she believes gun control should be talked about, but she would like to see state lawmakers focus more on mental health.

"Our teachers are in the classroom to teach," she said. "They're already not being paid enough to do the work they set out to do: to educate our children and look out for our children. We can't expect them to now become law enforcement officials as well."

Kenneth Waddell, a state representative in Columbus County said that he would not be in favor of any state law allowing teachers to carry guns in schools.

State representative Rick Catlin, who represents a part of New Hanover County, said that in wake of the senseless tragedy in Connecticut, he doesn't believe now is the time to discuss any type of policy regarding gun control.

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