Hi, I too am a student in the area at WCU in Cullowhee. I just wanted to say a few words of encouragement in your decision to purchase a firearm. Owning a firearm as a student is not as intensive as you might think except for the whole cost issue. It is a responsiblity with benefits such as self-defense thatare well worth the effort. I own two rifles and two shotguns and as soon as I get the money I will purchase a handgun to carry. I go hunting in the gameland around campus and shoot at the shooting range in Moss Gap. If you are really serious about carrying you may want to look in to a concealed handgun permit. I recieved my CHL about two months ago and I believe that it is a good investment in the my safety and the safety in the people around me. I took the training course with Billy Sherrill in Waynesville. I cannot say specifically for the Asheville Police, but most of the policemen and deputies in this area are very pro-gun and would support your decision to carry a firearm for self-defense as long as you follow the law which is available at:
The only problem with North Carolina law and being a student is that you cannotcarry a firearm on to educational property.
Good Luck on your decision,