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New York Bans Teachers And Administrators From Carrying Guns

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill Wednesday. It was part of a larger gun control package that passed New York's legislature back in January.
Posted at 1:53 PM, Aug 01, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Wednesday that bans school districts from allowing teachers and administrators to carry firearms on school grounds.

Cuomo said in a statement, "The answer to the gun violence epidemic plaguing this country has never been and never will be more guns, and today we're expanding New York's nation-leading gun safety laws to further protect our children."

The ban doesn't affect police officers, school resource officers or armed security guards.  

The bill was part of a larger gun control package the state legislature passed back in January. Cuomo signed some of the other bills earlier this week, including one that bans bump stocks and increases the amount of time that can be spent doing background checks.

The ban on arming teachers contrasts policy supported by the White House. After the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, President Donald Trump said he supported a proposal by the NRA to allow teachers to carry firearms.