The Associated Press cites our research on number of states that allow teachers and school staff to carry guns

9 Aug , 2018  

The CPRC has compiled a list of states that allow teachers or staff to carry guns at school. After the Parkland school shooting in February, Florida passed a law mandating that all schools in the state hire police to guard their schools. Thirteen of the school districts in Florida are arming volunteer administrators, custodians, and other non-classroom staff members. The Associated Press article discusses preparations for the new school year, and cites the CPRC’s list of states that allow teachers and staff to carry. From the article:

About 30 states allow school employees to carry firearms, with varying restrictions, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. Florida joined them after the Parkland shooting, but left this decision up to each district. . . .

This absence of problematic incidents at these schools makes it harder for gun control advocates to make extreme claims about the dangers of letting teachers and staff carry guns at school. If we have all these people carrying guns, and yet there aren’t news stories of accidents or other problems, the public may see the fearmongering of gun control advocates for what it is.

Some of the news media using the AP story include:


ABC News, August 7, 2018; US News & World Report, August 7, 2018; Townhall, August 7, 2018; Yahoo News UK, August 7, 2018; Washington Post, August 7, 2018; San Francisco Chronicle, August 7, 2018; Houston Chronicle, August 7, 2018; Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 7, 2018; Miami Herald, August 7, 2018; New Haven Register, August 7, 2018; San Antonio Express, August 7, 2018; Kansas City Star, August 7, 2018;  The Oklahoman, August 7, 2018; The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), August 7, 2018; Laredo Morning Times, August 7, 2018; Albany Times Union, August 7, 2018; WRAL, August 7, 2018; Gainesville Sun, August 7, 2018; Greensboro News Record, August 7, 2018; Beaumont Enterprise, August 7, 2018; Reading Eagle, August 7, 2018; Memphis Daily News, August 7, 2018; Palm Beach Post, August 7, 2018; Orlando Sentinel, August 7, 2018; Winston-Salem Journal, August 7, 2018; The Philadelphia Tribune, August 7, 2018; Education Week, August 7, 2018; Sarasota Herald-Tribune, August 7, 2018, The Lakeland Ledger (Florida), August 7, 2018; Idaho State Journal, August 7, 2018; Herald-Whig (Quincy, Illinois), August 7, 2018; Idaho Press, August 7, 2018; The Daily Journal (San Mateo, California), August 7, 2018;Public Opinion (Watertown, South Dakota), August 7, 2018; Odessa American, August 7, 2018; KSL-AM Radio, August 7, 2018; WJXT News Channel 4 (Jacksonville, Florida), August 8, 2018; Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, August 8, 2018; Florida Daily Post (West Palm Beach, Florida), August 7, 2018; News Herald (Panama City, Florida), August 11, 2018


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