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Weapons offenses for North Carolina students carrying guns

Parent sending their children off to college this month are likely reminding their dear ones to be safe on and off campus. Some North Carolina parents may be taking the extra step of providing weapons for self-protection. However, some school administrations are warning students that they may be risking weapons offenses by bringing certain items on campus.

North Carolina State University invited police officers to speak to students about what they may and may not have for personal protection. For example, stun guns are not permitted on many campuses throughout the state, although manufacturers of the devices are advertising sales aimed at college students. Additionally, while a student may not possess a gun, certain employees may be allowed to keep them in their cars or in on-campus housing.

Some students and their parents may worry about the dangers of walking across dark campuses at night, especially those whose majors require long hours in labs or studios. Some universities may allow students to carry pepper spray or small knives for protection against assault. However, it is important for students wishing to possess a weapon to check the school policy.

Students caught with unapproved weapons on campus may face serious consequences. Depending on the circumstances, North Carolina students may face fines, jail time and expulsion from the college or university if convicted of weapons offenses. Seeking the help of an attorney is highly recommended in such situations. An attorney with experience handling weapons charges can provide solid representation and work to protect a student's freedom and future.

Source:, "What those on college campuses can carry for self defense", Carleigh Griffeth, Aug. 11, 2017

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