New Gun Law Takes Effect Tuesday, ECU Sends Out Reminder About New Rules

Portions of more than 50 new laws take effect Tuesday in North Carolina, including those that ease restrictions on concealed weapons in restaurants and education property.

People with concealed handgun permits can now carry their weapon within a restaurant where alcohol is served, provided they don't drink or enter an establishment with a sign specifically prohibiting such weapons.

Permit holders also will be allowed to store their handgun in a closed compartment inside a locked car at state government parking lots or outside any school. Private colleges can narrow the changes slightly.

East Carolina University Police are reminding the campus community about the law, which does not apply to shotguns. They add It does remain illegal for those without concealed carry permits to possess a weapon on campus property.

ECU Police are also stressing the new law also applies at spectator events where vehicles are parked on campus property, such as football tailgating or concerts.

The new legislation does not provide a provision for concealed carry handgun permit holders to assist law enforcement officers. The weapon must be in a container in a locked vehicle at all times.

For persons found in violation of the law, state and university sanctions could apply.