Senator Kaminsky prepared to pass legislation to ban teachers from carrying guns in schools

Kenneth Lovett for the New York Daily News

January 28, 2019

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ALBANY — New York would ban teachers from carrying guns in school under a broad gun control package set to pass the Legislature on Tuesday.
Following the 2018 Parkland, Fla. school shooting, President Trump and the NRA called for teachers and school staff to be armed.
Vice News recently reported that at least 466 districts across the country adopted policies to allow it.


New York wants to go the other way.

“Right now under New York law, if a district decides it wants to arm school personnel, it can,” said state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, the Nassau County official sponsoring the bill to outlaw such moves. “I believe it’s misguided. It’s not focused on the real problem.”
Supporters of arming teachers say it would allow them to protect students if a shooting erupts in school. But Kaminsky says most teachers don’t want to roam the halls looking for active shooters.

“Teachers I talk to just want to teach,” he said.

Districts could still have armed security in schools if they want, Kaminsky said.

The bill to outlaw teachers from carrying guns in school is part of an expansive gun control package that is set to be taken up by the state Senate and Assembly on Tuesday.

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