Safe Schools Act
Safe Schools Act
This act would provide that only peace officers and persons approved by the school authorities for the purposes of educational instruction may carry firearms or other weapons on school grounds.
Certain exemptions apply, such as for retired police officers and other applicable agencies.
Debunking the “Good Guy with a Gun” Myth
Not only do concealed carry permit holders “accidentally” shoot themselves and others with alarming frequency, a report released by the Violence Policy Center in January 2017 revealed more myth busting data:
- CCP holders have been responsible for at least 921 death not involving self defense since 2007
- 147 of these deaths were part of 31 mass shootings (defined by the federal government as three or more victims)
- The real numbers are likely much higher, due to the lack of comprehensive recordkeeping of fatal incidents involving CCP holders
- At least 17 law enforcement officers have died at the hands of CCP holders since May 2007.
The latest academic research also contradicts the “good guy” myth; a 2014 Stanford University study of states with CCP laws shows that concealed carry permit laws are linked to an increase in violent crime.
83% of Rhode Islanders support restricting concealed guns on school grounds.
Yet, anyone with a Rhode Island Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) can bring his or her firearm into K-12 schools without the knowledge of police or school officials.
Although GL RI 11-47-60 provides that “No person shall have in his or her possession any firearm or other weapons on school grounds,” in 1990 an exception for people who qualify for concealed carry permits was passed (GL RI 11-47-11, 11-47-9.1).
Overwhelming Support from Law Enforcement and Educational Professionals
The Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association supports this legislation.
Our law enforcement officials know that ONLY trained police and peace officers should be armed in schools, due to the extreme risks inherent in hostage and high-stress “shoot/don’t shoot” situations.
Police officers receive this training. Peace officers receive this training (and are retested annually to reaffirm their proficiency).
Concealed carry permit holders do not receive specialized training and are not subject to yearly retesting.
24 school committees and 8 city and town councils passed resolutions in support of this legislation to keep firearms off of school grounds, including concealed carry permit holders.
In addition, some of Rhode Island’s largest civic, leadership, and educational organizations also passed resolutions, including:
- R.I. School Superintendents Association
- R.I. Association of School Principals
- R.I. Association of School Committees
Accidental Shootings Among Concealed Carry Permit Holders Are Common
It is far more likely that an accident will occur on school grounds with a concealed firearm than any potential “good.”
Violence Policy Center reports “More Than 900 Non-Self Defense Deaths Involving Concealed Carry Killers Since 2007,” including 31 mass shootings that killed 147 people.
School goes into lockdown when a teacher, with no indication of being troubled or unfit for his job, fires a gun on campus.
2017 study shows 11 to 14% higher violent crime rates by years 7 through 10 following the adoption of Right to Carry laws.
Significant increases in firearm-related homocides in states with easy CCP laws have been documented in an October 2017 study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
The “more guns equals less violence” is being accepted, despite strong empirical evidence to the contrary.
Student with concealed carry permit accidentally fires gun at a popular campus food court.
College student robbed at gunpoint on campus – theives made away with student’s wallet and handgun.
Police firearm accidentally discharged at high school.
“Trained and licensed” student accidentally discharges gun on campus.
A teacher with a concealed carry license accidentally shot herself in a school bathroom.
An Idaho State University instructor with a concealed carry permit shots himself during class.
24-year-old student with concealed carry permit accidentally shoots himself on campus.
A student with an “enhancement to a concealed firearms permit” shoots himself in the leg on campus.
Properly permitted staff member accidentally shoots coworkers at the University of Colorado.