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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: June 14, 2022 11:16 AM
From: Senator Doug Mastriano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Enhancing Classroom Security
After the recent tragedy in Uvalde, I will be introducing a bill to enhance the safety of children and staff while on school property.

I plan to introduce a bill that will allow school employees who possess a valid Pennsylvania concealed carry permit to be armed while on school property. An employee who wishes to carry a firearm on school property will also be required to complete a rigorous firearms course from a certified instructor with a signed certificate showing completion of a training and proficiency course for the firearm the employee intends to carry on school grounds.

Presently, 28 states make it clear in statute that teachers or school staff can be armed while on school property. Pennsylvania is not one of them.

Mass murderers are often attracted to “soft targets” where they know victims are not armed. According to the Crime Prevention Resource Center, there has not been a single mass shooting in a school where staff were clearly allowed to carry a firearm.

Please consider joining me as a co-sponsor to protect our classrooms.    

Introduced as SB1288