Safe Schools Act

Prohibiting firearms on all schools grounds, except by law enforcement officers.

Safe Schools Act

Would prohibit concealed carry permit holders from bringing firearms on schools grounds.

Certain exemptions apply, such as for retired police officers and other applicable agencies.

83% of Rhode Islanders support restricting concealed guns on school grounds.

Yet, state law DOES NOT prohibit a Rhode Island Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) holder from bringing 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).

83% Support Restricting Guns on School Grounds in RI

Concealed Carry in Schools Puts Kids, Teachers, and Personnel in Danger

The Safe Schools 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.

Rhode Island is One of Four States That Generally Allow Concealed Carry Permit Holders to Bring a Firearm on K-12 School Grounds

Rhode Island is One of Four States That Generally Allow Concealed Carry Permit Holders to Bring a Firearm on K-12 School Grounds

Accidental Injury and Death by Guns is Rampant in America

These figures from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) DO NOT INCLUDE suicides or intentional firearm violence.

Debunking the “Good Guy with a Gun” Myth

Media Reports of 1,259 People Killed by CCP Holders from 2007-2017

These non-self-defense deaths by private citizens with permits to carry concealed, loaded handguns in public include:

  • 31 mass shootings that killed 147 people
  • 59 murder-suicides
  • 21 law enforcement officers

This is undoubtedly a fraction of the total number of gun incidents involving CCP holders, as there are NO federally mandated laws requiring tracking.

With just this glimpse of incidents gleaned from news reports and limited state data available, we must reject the notion of allowing anyone with a CCP to bring their gun onto school grounds.


Overwhelming Support from Law Enforcement and Educational Professionals

The Rhode Island State Police and 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 11 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
  • RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
  • Learning First Alliance/Rhode Island
  • Governor Gina Raimondo
  • RI Attorney General’s Office

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.” 

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