PROVIDENCE, RI — A proposed law would make the possession of a gun unlawful on faculty grounds. If signed into regulation, only particular law enforcement officers could lawfully be armed.
The bill, released by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, is named for Sen. Harold Metts, who has very long championed identical measures.
“Guns do not belong in schools, and private citizens have no organization bringing a gun on college home,” Ruggerio said. “Citizens carrying firearms in schools improves possibility, not security. There have been dozens of illustrations of mishandling and accidental discharge of firearms in educational institutions throughout our nation.”
Underneath the invoice, only peace officers, retired regulation enforcement officers or anyone underneath contract as a university basic safety officer could legally have a gun on college grounds.
“We are doing work really hard to enhance schooling in our condition,” Ruggerio reported. “The presence of firearms in universities is harmful to a positive studying atmosphere.”
The laws applies to all school home, which includes university buses and all home of elementary and secondary faculties, both equally public and non-public. Exemptions are feasible for firearm instruction or security programs, governing administration-sponsored military services-related programs these as ROTC, interscholastic shooting or marksmanship occasions, navy historical past and firearms collection classes and the use of blank guns utilised in theatrical or athletic activities.