Safe Schools Act
Safe Schools Act
Concealed Carry in Schools Puts Kids and School Personnel in Danger
Civilians rarely intervene in shooting incidents and the chance of accidental injury to students and educators is extremely high.
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 and other applicable agencies.
Rhode Island is One of Four States That Generally Allow Concealed Carry Permit Holders to Bring a Firearm on K-12 School Grounds
Debunking the “Good Guy with a Gun” Myth
Over 900 Non-Self Defense Deaths Involved CCP Holders
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.
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).
Please take a moment and email your local representatives and senators to urge them to support the Safe Schools Act – it’s fast and easy and it REALLY counts!
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:
- The National Education Association of Rhode Island (NEARI)
- 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.”
RI students do it again! Kudos to all the kids who showed up to protest the inaction of the RI legislature for 4 years in a row.
School resource officer, also a 5-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department, accidentally discharged his service weapon in his office at school.
Teacher resigns after video emerges showing students handling his gun during previous class.
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.
Unintentional discharge of off-duty firearm leads to investigation by RI Division of Sheriffs and RI Departmet of Public Safety.
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.