This past week I attended a refresher for NC Concealed Carry Handgun Instructors. There is one take away which I have already informed all my previous students regarding school property that is worth mentioning again today. You cannot carry on school property. I know that may come as a shock to some who thought they had correctly interpreted H937, but the law as written only allows possession on public school property, not concealment. So if you have a CHP you may have the firearm in a closed container in a locked vehicle or you may have it in a locked container. You must do this BEFORE you are on the school property. So if you are in the carpool lane and have the firearm strapped to your side in a holster you would be breaking the law. In order to be lawful that firearm must be in a closed container before you hit the property and remain there until you are off the property. The easy solution is to shove it into the center console or the glove compartment. You could use something like a Tupperware container, but doing that is about as bright as a burned out light bulb. Something like that could slide around.
The law was aiming to allow those who have a CHP to carry in concealment so long as they did not exit the vehicle. Unfortunately the final version did not work out that way so you can have the firearm, but it needs to be stowed away in a container. I don’t see it as a big deal in the long run, but it might be a hassle, especially if you are generally carrying using deep concealment. The law does not define container, but I would go for the easy solution rather than trying to be the test case for the law with an overzealous prosecutor. If a jury of your peers would not find when you place the firearm to be a container, then don’t use it!
I hope that clears up the matter, hopefully the intent of the law will be revisited in the future and we will be able to carry concealed so long as we do not leave the vehicle. Until then when on public school property, put it in a compartment in the locked vehicle. One final note, all bets are off on private school property. Private schools can set any rules they desire concerning concealed firearms up to and including exclusion of them on school property.