ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Several state lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would require school police officers and resource officers to carry firearms while on school premises.

Thirteen state senators — all Republicans — are sponsoring Senate Bill 459, which would change an existing law that says Baltimore City school police officers may carry guns on school grounds before or after school hours on school days and on non-school days to instead require them to carry firearms.

School resource officers in other districts would also be required to carry a firearm while at the school to which they’re assigned.

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The controversial legislation drew support from the Baltimore School Board in 2019 in the wake of a shooting at Frederick Douglass High School that left an assistant basketball coach injured. Prior to the shooting, the board had voted unanimously against the proposal.

Despite its support from Baltimore school officials, the bill introduced in the state Senate last year failed to reach a second reading.

At the time, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan called lawmakers who shot down the proposal “pro-criminal.”

Last year, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen said the Senate made the right decision.

“For a population of children who are already overexposed to firearms, having more guns in our schools is not the right call,” Cohen said.

If the bill becomes law, it would take effect on July 1.

Comments (3)
  1. Richard Seibert says:

    “Saving Your Neighborhood Children Takes Five Minutes”
    Dear school board member, (Dear state legislator,)
    I was lied to. We were promised that students would be safer once we made it illegal for honest adults to carry guns on, or near, a school campus. Well that promise sure didn’t work. The US Department of Justice reports that almost all the active shooter incidents took place in “gun-free” zones. A quarter of those incidents took place in our schools.
    That is unacceptable.
    It is a nice letter, but it is meaningless without you. You can make it powerful. It takes one letter and a week, but you can change lives. Here is what you do with five minutes a day.
    I offer you the words, but your actions make it politically powerful.
    Go save lives.
    https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/save-the-children-in-your-neighborhood-with-five-minutes-a-day/

  2. larryarnold says:

    Baltimore City school police officers may carry guns on school grounds before or after school hours on school days and on non-school days

    Why are the officers even there when students aren’t? And only armed then? Is it because protecting school property is more important than protecting students?

  3. William Keller says:

    School police are a joke anyway. if you have an issue near the school or student related they won’t respond. Just absorb them back into BPD

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