03/13/2013 06:15 pm ET

Should Colleges Buy Ammo For Student Gun Clubs? | Mother Jones

Concealed-carry laws are not the only controversy to hit college campuses since the recent wave of mass shootings sparked a national debate about guns. 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. The vote prompted a lawsuit within the school's student supreme court, while the Young America's Foundation, a national group promoting conservative politics on college campuses, charged that students with liberal views on guns had improperly targeted the gun club.

Some universities explicitly ban funding of both guns and ammunition, but the UNC student code (PDF) is mixed on the issue: It prohibits the use of student funds to purchase firearms (although they "may be rented or leased"), but it exempts ammo. In the wake of the Newtown massacre, that concerned Austin Root, the student representative who wrote the new bill, which puts tighter restrictions on student funding of ammo.

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