AN ACT TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO COORDINATE WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO ADOPT SCHOOL RISK MANAGEMENT PLANS, TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS AT PRIVATE SCHOOLS MAY CARRY CERTAIN WEAPONS ON EDUCATIONAL PROPERTY WHEN AUTHORIZED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES OR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO HAS A CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT MAY CARRY CERTAIN WEAPONS ON EDUCATIONAL PROPERTY THAT IS THE LOCATION OF BOTH A SCHOOL AND A PLACE OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP WHEN THE PERSON IS ATTENDING WORSHIP SERVICES AND OTHER SACERDOTAL FUNCTIONS AT THE PLACE OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AS LONG AS STUDENTS ARE NOT ATTENDING CLASS.
Enacts new GS 115C-248.5 (applicable to private church schools or schools of religious charter) and GS 115C-556.5 (applicable to qualified nonpublic schools) to encourage those schools, in coordination with local law enforcement and emergency management agencies, to adopt a school risk management plan related to incidents of school violence. Encourages providing schematic diagrams and keys to local law enforcement agencies and allows placing school crisis kits in schools. Encourages full school-wide lockdown exercises at least once a year. Allows, with the local sheriff's consent, the school to authorize a person with a concealed handgun permit to possess and carry a handgun on the educational property; encourages coordinating with local law enforcement on the role and responsibility in the school risk management plan of any person permitted to carry a handgun on the property.
Amends GS 14-269.2 by adding and defining the terms school board of trustees and school administrative director. Allows a private school employee or volunteer to carry a weapon on educational property if: (1) the person has written authorization from the school board of trustees or the school administrative director and the local sheriff to possess and carry a handgun on the educational property owned, used, or operated by the private school; (2) the weapon is a handgun; (3) the person has a concealed handgun permit; (4) the person has successfully completed under the direct supervision of a certified National Rifle Association instructor or the equivalent a minimum of eight hours annually of courses on, or relating to, gun safety and the appropriate use of firearms in addition to the firearms training and safety course required for a concealed handgun permit; (5) the private school adopts and maintains written standard operating procedures regarding the possession and carrying of the listed weapons on the educational property and distributes copies of the procedures to the parents of students attending the private school annually; and (6) the person is on the premises of the educational property owned, used, or operated by the private school at which the person is an employee or volunteer. Allows a person with a concealed handgun permit who is in a place of religious worship when students are not attending class that is located on educational property owned, used, or operated by the membership of the place of religious worship to possess and carry a handgun while attending specified types of services and functions at the place of religious worship. Defines place of religious worship and attending for these purposes.
Effective December 1, 2019.
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