University of North Carolina Murder Occurred in Gun-Free Zone

Law enforcement officers search for a person listed as 'armed and dangerous' on the campus
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The murder that occurred on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus Monday took place in a gun-free zone.

The buildings at UNC Chapel Hill are gun-free via school policy.

The policy says: “It is a felony, punishable by fine and/or imprisonment, to possess or carry, openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, or any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive on any University campus, in any University-owned or operated facility, or at a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by the University. Such conduct also may constitute a violation of the Honor Code.”

The exception to this policy is that concealed carry permit holders “may have a handgun in a closed compartment or container within the person’s locked vehicle or in a locked container securely affixed to the person’s vehicle.” But those handguns may not be transported into university buildings or carried or campus for self-defense.

Breitbart News reported that reports of shots fired on campus led to a shelter-in-place alert on the UNC Chapel Hill campus Monday. The shoots were reported around 1 p.m.

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers move around a building near South Street near the Bell Tower on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Monday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2023 after a report of a “armed and dangerous person”. (Kaitlin McKeown/News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Police apprehended the shooting suspect and an “all clear” alert was sent to students at 4:14. p.m.

A UNC Chapel Hill faculty member was shot and killed. There were no other injuries or fatalities.

On August 2, 2015, Breitbart News examined shootings in gun-free zones and found that 105 innocent lives were taken and more than 150 others injured by gun fire in just eight incidents that occurred in gun-free zones.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in 2010, a speaker at the 2023 Western Conservative Summit, and he holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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