Sign now to support The Safe Schools Act of 2019, prohibiting firearms possession within 300 feet of school grounds. Exceptions for peace officers, retired law enforcement officers, persons providing school security, firearms on private property and unloaded firearms in containers or locked car racks.
To: Governor Gina Raimondo, House Speaker Mattiello, House Majority Leader Shekarchi, House Judiciary Chairman Craven; Senate President Ruggiero, Senate Majority Leader McCaffrey, Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Lynch-Prata
Keep Guns Out of Schools
Rhode Island state law allows concealed carry permit holders to be armed on school grounds without the knowledge of school officials or the police; this includes any school function, classroom, parent-teacher conference or sporting event.
The R.I. Police Chief's Association supports legislation that would allow ONLY trained police and peace officers to be armed on school grounds, due to the extreme risks inherent in hostage and high-stress "shoot/don't shoot" situations. As of 2019, R.I concealed carry permit holders DO NOT receive specialized training and ARE NOT subject to yearly retesting.
83% of Rhode Island voters support restricting guns on school grounds, according to a 2016 public opinion poll conducted by former New York Times poll analyst Louis DiNatale.
Professional support for this common-sense regulation includes:
• R.I. State Police
• R.I. Police Chiefs Association
• R.I. Association of School Principals
• R.I. Association of School Committees
• R.I. Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
• 24 School Committees and 11 Municipal Councils Across R.I.
The "Good Guy with a Gun" myth has been debunked by recent academic research from Stanford University, in addition to many other studies and reports. In addition, there have been dozens of "accidental shootings" on school grounds and college campuses around the country by concealed carry permit holders.
Please do your part to ensure that this bill makes it to the floors of both the House and the Senate for a vote in 2019.
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