Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990

The Gun-Free School Zones Act prohibits the general public from carrying guns on the grounds and within 1000 feet of k-12 schools. There are exceptions.

Under the Act, police officers and armed school guards are not banned.

Guns can be at school in a locked container, unloaded, or they can be locked in a firearms rack on a motor vehicle.

And, the Act does not apply to people who have concealed carry permits. However, each state can pass their own rules on this, sometimes sending decision-making to individual municipalities.

By the numbers: 40 states and Washington, D.C. prohibit concealed carry permit holders from bringing guns to school. 2 states leave it up to individual schools.  8 allow concealed carry at schools (Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Wyoming).

In the states that have allowed individual municipalities to define the scope of the Act:

  • some schools have voted to allow adults to carry guns on campus with school approval.
  • some schools allow teachers to carry guns if they agree to additional training.
  • some schools allow gun use in school-approved programs.

Are schools safer when we arm teachers? Let’s take a look at this highly emotional subject.

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