Governor Looks To Improve Gun Safety In Schools

Aug 12, 2019

Governor Roy Cooper
Credit Adhiti Bandlamudi / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper announced he's issuing an executive directive to several state agencies to improve standards around firearm safety.

Cooper spoke to educators and law enforcement at the Back to School Safety Summit in Greensboro. He said he wants to dedicate more attention to the information that is being added to federal background check systems. 

"My directive today asks them to step that up, bring in more people, try to find more ways that we can get more information into the national database," Cooper said. 

After the shooting in Parkland, Florida, he instructed North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation to run an inventory of convictions on the federal background check system. In his remarks Monday, he announced that in the past 14 months, SBI has added 280,000 convictions to the federal database system, which could prevent a person convicted of a crime from purchasing a firearm. 
Cooper is also continuing to urge legislators to hold a hearing on the red flag bill that is currently stuck in committee in the legislature. 

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