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A Durham billboard advises people not to use guns during the holiday season. (credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A Durham billboard advises people not to use guns during the holiday season. (credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some lawmakers want to give North Carolina private and parochial schools the right for certain employees or school volunteers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds to provide safety.

A Senate bill filed this week would allow a school’s governing body or administrative director to give written approval to someone to carry a firearm, tear gas or stun gun if the person has a concealed weapons permit and is trained. Current law makes it illegal in most situations to bring a gun to any school.

The bill also makes it lawful for the permit holder to bring a weapon on a religious school campus to attend religious services.

A House measure filed Thursday is somewhat similar but applies only to private schools in Forsyth County.

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