Employees of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who store their handguns in their vehicles, could be fired and face criminal charges under a new state law if they fail to lock the vehicle and the firearm gets stolen.

The CMS school board reluctantly but unanimously approved a revised gun policy that’s in line with the state law passed this summer. It allows people who have concealed-carry permits to have handguns locked in vehicles on school grounds. It does not allow people to bring guns into school buildings.

CMS had lobbied against the change, and several board members voiced concerns that having guns in parking lots, even if vehicles are locked, is a bad idea. Some scoffed at the notion that those guns could be used to defend against an armed attack.


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