Mississippi Public Schools may now allow teachers to carry firearms at school, Pennsylvania Republican Gubernatorial nominee supports allowing public school staff to carry concealed handguns

Jul 27, 2022 | Gun Free Zones

“A school district may, in its discretion, prohibit or allow its employees who hold enhanced conceal carry licenses to possess weapons at the school,” Jean Cook, director of communication for the Mississippi Department of Education said in a statement

Bradford Betz, “Mississippi public schools vote to update gun policies, paving way for staff to carry firearms on campus,” Fox News, July 25, 2022.

“Mass murderers are often attracted to ‘soft targets’ where they know victims are not armed,” Mastriano said in a statement released on Friday. Citing data from gun rights advocate John R. Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center, he said, “there has not been a single mass shooting in a school where staff were permitted to carry a firearm.”

If enacted, Pennsylvania would join 29 other states that allow teachers to carry firearms, including Ohio, which enacted its law in June.

Jan Murphy, “Mastriano calls for arming school employees to protect kids,” PennLive.com, July 25, 2022.

The CPRC’s research on arming school staff has had an effect on the national debate.

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