Claire Curran: Law threatens safety

June 13, 2013 

Law threatens safety

I am dismayed by the June 12 news story “Bill targets handgun permits” indicating that House Bill 937 has a strong chance to be approved by the N.C. legislature.

Eliminating the current law that requires issuance of a permit prior to handgun purchase does not make us safer. Nor does revising the current law to allow concealed handguns on campuses or at funerals, parades, ballparks and bars.

As a trauma nurse with nearly 30 years of experience providing care to victims of gun violence in our state, I have witnessed firsthand the financial, physical and emotional costs to patients and families. But you don’t have to be a nurse to know that this bill should not be adopted. I join the majority of North Carolinians who support background checks, waiting periods and other common sense gun control policies, not the loosening of current laws.

Claire Curran, Chapel Hill

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