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New gun law concerns CMPD but not for the reason you think


Whenever you step foot on a school campus, you inevitably see a sign that says 'no guns or weapons allowed on campus'? Those signs will soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new North Carolina law.

The law, that went into effect at midnight on Tuesday, allows gun owners them to have their weapon on a school campus as long as it's locked securely inside a vehicle.

Sierra Cunningham is a college student and wonders if the law is doing more harm than good.

"It kinda makes me a little uncomfortable to know that anybody can have a gun on campus," said the freshman at Johnson C. Smith University.

The law only applies to gun owners over the age of 21 who have a concealed carry permit. Advocates for the law say it's protects the rights of gun owners -- but Cunningham says that shouldn't be the only concern.

"Everybody does have the right to protect themselves but on a school campus, I feel like that should be safe zone so you shouldn't have a reason to bring a gun on campus," she said.

But it's not just school safety at stake.

WBTV's Crime Tracker uncovered a spike in car break-ins across Charlotte this summer where guns were the target. That's what concerns Officer Craig Allen with CMPD's crime prevention unit.

"They're looking for GPS, cell phones and whammo -- they got a gun," he pointed out. "So you know that's one more firearm out there on the street that we don't want."

Allen also implores gun owners to take extra steps to secure their firearms.

"If you got a lockable glove box, use that. Your trunk, or again, some type of lock box you can bolt down into the car," he said. "With freedom, comes responsibility."

Still, Cunningham questions if those extra steps will really make a difference.

"I feel like it just added fuel to the fire," she said. "You gave people what they wanted. You passed a law to allow crime to go up. All you gotta do is break into car and there's your gun."

The law is only for handguns. Rifles and shotguns are not included.

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