University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Makes Bullet Buying Harder for Student Gun Club

| by Michael Allen
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Last week, the student congress of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill passed a bill making it harder for the school's Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club to use student government funds to buy ammunition.

According to Mother Jones, the Young America's Foundation, which promotes conservative politics on college campuses, claimed that students with liberal views had improperly targeted the gun club.

The UNC student code prohibits the use of student funds to purchase firearms (but they "may be rented or leased"), but it exempts ammo.

After the Newtown massacre, student representative Austin Root wrote a new bill, which put tighter restrictions on student funding of ammo.

Grant Anastas-King, president of the Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club at UNC, claims they don't use the assault weapons or high-capacity magazines commonly used by mass shooters. He said they use .22-caliber rifles and pistols and "promote gun education and gun safety before anyone goes out to the range."

Root has received harassing messages since writing the bill. "Such disregard for the sanctity of the collegiate justice system will not be tolerated," one anonymous email warned.

Several university gun clubs leave it up to students to pay the bill for their guns and ammo, such as Ohio State University and the University of Maryland.

Source: Mother Jones