More thorough background checks for those buying handguns. Fearless students are making their voices heard, and it's clear they want action.
He said he wants to raise the age to buy an assault weapon to 21. "I do too", Cooper wrote in the essay.
"Right now, anyone buying a handgun in our state has to apply for a permit through the local sheriff's office, a process that includes a federal background check and an OK from the sheriff", Cooper said.
"This system allows time for appropriate checks to take place before someone can legally buy a handgun".
He also addressed what he calls a "glaring loophole" that allows people who pass a background check to purchase assault-style rifles.
"We should keep our schools free of guns", Cooper said.
Some gun advocates says AR-15 are not assault weapons.
Governor Roy Cooper visited Pitt Community College Tuesday as part of a tour to promote and discuss the importance of education in filling in-demand jobs and keeping North Carolina competitive in the global workforce.
He says, "This is a funding issue and I've said it time and time again, that as we put together our budget for the state, education has to be the priority, and if it's not we're going to find ourselves behind".
The governor also said recent school shootings make it clear there needs to be better diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
Cooper also suggests that North Carolina ban "bump stocks", a device that can turn a semi-automatic rifle into a fully automatic weapon. "It would connect hundreds of thousands of people with quality mental health care to make sure they don't slip through the cracks".
Cooper says, "As innovation continues to move forward we have to constantly be re-training ourselves and re-training the workforce".