NC Governor Roy Cooper proposes gun law changes after school shootings

NC Governor Roy Cooper proposes gun law changes after school shootings

Cooper posted a blog on Medium Wednesday, the same day that thousands of American high school students organized walkouts to protest gun violence on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Fla. mass shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Cooper focused specifically on the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, advocating for increased funding for education to help fill what he say's will be the in-demand jobs of the future. But our law has a glaring loophole since this background check and permit process isn't required to buy an assault weapon like an AR-15, the weapon used in Parkland.

"We should keep our schools free of guns", Cooper said.

The governor has also asked for a review of the current background check system in North Carolina.

The governor also said recent school shootings make it clear there needs to be better diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Under current North Carolina law, anyone who wants to buy a handgun has to get a pistol permit from their local sheriff.

Making mental health care more accessible.

Cooper said it appears the federal government is moving to ban so-called "bump stocks" that allow a gun to function more like a fully automatic weapon, but if it does not, he says North Carolina should ban them at the state level.

Cooper says, "As innovation continues to move forward we have to constantly be re-training ourselves and re-training the workforce".

Should those plans fall through, Cooper said North Carolina should take action, saying simply, "we don't need these devices in our state". "The safety and security of our kids are on the line, and I urge the General Assembly to join me in taking decisive action to do right by them".