18 States Already Allow Loaded Guns In Schools

Since the tragic death of 20 young children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, the debate on the role of guns in an educational setting has been raging furiously.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) waited a week before announcing that their proposed solution to reduce mass shootings like the one in Newtown was to put armed guards in every school in America. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” stated Wayne LaPierre.

U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and Representative Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, agreed, arguing that such incidents like the one at Sandy Hook could be prevented if teachers and principals carried weapons

Texas Governor Rick Perry became one of the first prominent officials after the December 14 shootings to call for teachers to be allowed to carry firearms to work, while other lawmakers across the country are introducing laws that would let school staff members arm themselves.

Many lawmakers and most teachers, along with the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions, vehemently disagree, arguing that meeting violence with violence will only exacerbate the situation.

What both sides may not realize is that more than one-third of all states already allow teachers and adults to carry loaded guns onto school grounds with few restrictions.

From NBC:

NBC News reviewed the firearms and education laws in all 50 states and found that 18 of them allow adults to have a loaded gun on school grounds, usually as long as they have written permission.

That’s for pretty much any reason; the list doesn’t include states that generally ban guns but carve out narrow exceptions for specific activities like safety demonstrations or military formations and parades.

You can see a list of those 18 states by clicking here.

The media has been delighted to inform us that 200 Utah teachers lined up for free instruction in the handling of firearms, an event organized by the Utah Shooting Sports Council, and that in Texas, an $85 Concealed Handgun License (CHL) course offered at no cost to teachers filled 400 spots immediately, forcing the school to offer another class, one instructor said.

In fact, both Utah and Texas already allow teachers to carry guns.

These reports would seem to imply that the majority of teachers are rushing to sign up for firearms lessons, whereas in reality this is a tiny percentage of the 3.3 million public school teachers in the US.

Nevertheless, I was shocked to discover that as a public school teacher, I can legally carry a gun in 18 states. Even the smallest glass of wine is strictly banned at our public schools, but it’s OK to carry a gun?

What do you think?

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Sheila D
Sheila D3 months ago

Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. Or something on that line. More guns do not mean people are safer; it means they are more inclined to be shot by anyone else who has a gun. Personally, I believe anyone who buys a gun should have to go through safety training. I doubt very many gun owners have had professional training.

Lady Az
Lady Az4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M4 years ago

Some very peculiar comments. Also a limited understanding of mental illness. Recognizing that the vast majority of the mentally ill are non violent, and that the mental health care services are dismal and non-existent for many; reform is essential. True, a gun cannot fire itself. Perhaps if the mental health system had been as easily accessed as the ability to acquire a firearm for disturbed individuals such as Adam Lanza or Jimmy Lee Dykes, the outcomes would have been vastly different, and would never have made headlines. School safety lies in dealing with the staggering number of weapons easily obtained, not in turning schools into armed fortresses or expecting teachers to come prepared packing a pistol. As the wife of a public school teacher, the concept is absurd, as teachers already burdened with the complexities of being mandated reporters, expected to observe & report signs of physical, emotional, sexual abuse/neglect, learning disorders, illness, family dysfunction, communicate regularly w/ parents/students/authorities, in addition to actually Teaching, adding the burden of trained marksman would be ludicrous and an undue burden!

Ravens Watch
Past Member 4 years ago

I don't actually talk to police officers who are on break. I come from a family full of law enforcement, military and other public service. I am also a certified instructor and am qualified to teach you how to shoot 72 different weapons. I also qualified to instruct you on 3 different types of full auto machine-guns with suppressors!

We need enforcement of current laws. 700,000 people committed a felony attempting to purchase a new gun. There name, address, signature is on the form, including a copy of their photo ID and less then 1/2 percent were charged. We don't need more laws!

OK. I understand that the Anti-Gun nut will find fault with my posts. Let us have it your way and ban everything!

Google "Pen Gun" or "Pen Gun in .22 Cal" and see just how easy it is to make a firearm that will work safely!

Google "Knife Attack" and see what is going on in other countries. Please be sure to look at the Google images of what a real knife attack looks like!

Google "Rwandan Genocide" and read how many people were hacked to death with a machete!

Ken H.
Ken H5 years ago

@ David C.........Guns make death quicker and as well allows more people to be hit......so guns are more efficient for most to use in most cases,because much better skill is needed to hit something with a bow,but that dont make a bow less deadly....but to be fair, a gun was used to kill those kids.

Like i have stated before in this thread,and hey i could be wrong,but i actually like thinking outside the box,because even though guns kill people today,that never stopped any great army in the past when guns were not invented yet.

If people are truely serious and actually give a rats about these kids and future kids like them,we need to think a little farther then the last kick of the tin can........because it is violence that we need to look at,as well as better understanding all these new meds and even why people need all these meds at all,and why do people get mental problems.......because most of the folks behind bars wouldn't walk into a school and kill children so something must be different for the ones who do this.

There is NO quick solution to this violence,it wont be changed in any one generation,and many tough choices will be needed to make a positive change.I do understand those trying to protect their 1st and 2nd bill of rights.......any gov. that can pull off a 9/11 and lie outright to the people of the world and then start wars because of it is capable of very evil deeds.

David C.
David C5 years ago

@Sarah H

"Why are we blaming the guns in these crimes?" Because if Lanza had no access to guns there would have been no crime.

Mental ilness alone = no massacre
Gun alone = no massacre
Mental illness guns = 26 dead

Obviously guns are a necessary component of any gun crime. The "Guns don't kill people ..." mantra is absurd.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

If someone had had a gun, maybe they could have saved more of the children. Why are we blaming the guns in these crimes? The guns can't do anything until someone picks it up. What we need to address is mental health!

Garnet Jenny Fulton
Past Member 5 years ago

This is outrageous! Change this immediately please.

Ro H.
Ro H5 years ago

brainless wonders

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago