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house Bill H.R. 1501

If Local Schools Approve, Should Off-Duty & Retired Cops be Allowed to Carry Concealed Firearms in School Zones as Security?

Argument in favor

Some schools, especially in rural districts, don’t have the resources for a security presence and if a school wants to allow off-duty or retired cops to carry concealed guns nearby in a school zone for protection it should be able to. It could deter or stop a school shooting and save lives.

Mark's Opinion
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06/14/2019
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. Anything else is just rainbows and unicorns.
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Spencer's Opinion
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06/14/2019
If you vote no here, you are part of the problem. Does anyone really think criminals are going to be guilted into following the law if they can even read a gun free zone sign? This is helpful!
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Holly's Opinion
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06/14/2019
Absolutely! The only defense against a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.
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Argument opposed

Allowing off-duty or retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed gun in a school zone will only increase the danger to students and increases the odds of an incident occurring that could end in tragedy. It’s not worth the risk even if it could deter or stop a school shooting.

burrkitty's Opinion
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06/14/2019
Schools are not prisons. Guns do not make us safer. The “good guy with a gun” myth is just that. What exactly constitutes “qualified” anyway? No guns in schools! Period!
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GavinMF's Opinion
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06/14/2019
Violence does not solve violence. A school is meant to be a place where you can feel certain that you are safe. When there are guns around, no one can feel that way.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/15/2019
Because more guns solve all problems every where all the time especially in schools said no one ever.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 5th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1501?

This bill would amend the Gun Free School Zones Act to allow a qualified off-duty or retired law enforcement officer to carry a concealed firearm in a school zone if a local school board adopts a policy allowing it. Current law allows only on-duty police officers to carry firearms in school zones. The bill would impose no requirements on local school districts.

Impact

Qualified off-duty and retired law enforcement officers; students; and local school districts.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1501

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to give local school districts the option of allowing off-duty or retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons in school zones to protect students:

“If a school wants to allow trustworthy retired or off-duty police officers to protect their children, the federal government shouldn’t stop them. The Police Officers Protecting Children Act allows local schools to authorize experienced off-duty or retired officers to carry a firearm in a school zone for the safety of their students. This is especially important for schools in our rural communities where law enforcement may take a significant amount of time to respond to an emergency. A well-placed retired or off-duty officer could save lives.”

Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap adds

“Not allowing current law enforcement officers, or qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry weapons at schools simply puts children’s lives at risk. Officers routinely put themselves in harm’s way during their shift and that commitment does not stop at the end of shift. Retired law enforcement officers are too valuable of a resource to be put on shelf. Let the professionals continue to protect our children on or off duty.”

Rep. Hartzler got the idea for this bill from one of her constituents, Kenny Goth, a retired 36-year veteran police officer from the Clinton Missouri Police Department. After Goth retired, he was prohibited from using his police training to protect his grandchildren when he visited them at school. Goth says

“Congresswoman Hartzler’s bill will give retired police officers the chance to look after their own. When my grandkids are at events after school with huge crowds and no security, as a former law enforcement officer, it makes me uncomfortable. The schools are tight on funding, so they can’t hire more resource officers, but retired law enforcement individuals like myself can help. It only makes sense for schools who want to, to let retired or off-duty police officers carry a firearm to protect schoolchildren. I’m pleased the Congresswoman is moving forward on this important bill to help protect our children.”

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) supports this bill. In a letter to Rep. Hartzler last Congress, the FOP wrote: 

"[This bill] would ensure that an off-duty of retired officer would not place himself in legal jeopardy by attending a school event. As a nation, we are working to make our schools safer for our children. By [allowing retired and off-duty policy officers to carry firearms in schools], we also improve the safety of our school campuses. Law enforcement officers are never 'off-duty' — they are dedicated public servants trained to respond when there is a threat to the peace or to our public safety. [This] bill will help to ensure that officers do not have to choose between obeying the letter of Federal law with their duty to aid those in danger."

There are no cosponsors of this bill in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, it had the support of seven Republican cosponsors in the House and didn't receive a committee vote.


Of NoteIn 2016 the state of New Jersey enacted a law that stations armed, retired cops inside New Jersey schools. To qualify as a “Class Three” police officer, retired cops would have to meet the same firearm safety qualifications as active officers and undergo school resource officer training.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Juanmonino)

AKA

Police Officers Protecting Children Act

Official Title

To allow certain off-duty law enforcement officers and retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm to protect children in a school zone.

    The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. Anything else is just rainbows and unicorns.
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    Schools are not prisons. Guns do not make us safer. The “good guy with a gun” myth is just that. What exactly constitutes “qualified” anyway? No guns in schools! Period!
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    Violence does not solve violence. A school is meant to be a place where you can feel certain that you are safe. When there are guns around, no one can feel that way.
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    If you vote no here, you are part of the problem. Does anyone really think criminals are going to be guilted into following the law if they can even read a gun free zone sign? This is helpful!
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    Because more guns solve all problems every where all the time especially in schools said no one ever.
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    Absolutely! The only defense against a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.
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    More guns does not make us safer.
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    This is not 1984. Generally, police have the wrong personality to be in a school environment. Armed uniformed security guards is not a solution. It fosters antagonistic military presence. We do not live in North Korea or Nazi Germany. This is not the ideals of American Society. If you want t stop school violence, stop oppression. Stop broadcasting Fox News. Stop all Conservative radio and tv shows and online content. They are nothing more than propaganda that fuels anger and hate against innocent victims.
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    I fully support and recommend passage of this bill as written. This is common sense to keep our children safe. #MAGA
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    House Bill HR-1501 which amends the “Gun Free School Zones Act” I’m in strong support of and recommend the House Bill H.R. 1501 which would amend the “Gun Free School Zones Act” to allow a qualified off-duty or retired law enforcement officer to carry a concealed firearm in a school zone if a local school board adopts a policy allowing it. Current law allows only on-duty police officers to carry firearms in school zones. The bill would impose no requirements on local school districts. This bill would amend the Gun Free School Zones Act to allow a qualified off-duty or retired law enforcement officer to carry a concealed firearm in a school zone if a local school board adopts a policy allowing it. Current law allows only on-duty police officers to carry firearms in school zones. The bill would impose no requirements on local school districts. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-1501👍🏻👍🏻. 6.14.19.....
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    They have been trained and qualified to use fire arms. They will need training in how to deal with those with mental health issues. They should work with local law enforcement for gang intelligence. They should also identify any gang members in the school and those students with behavioral issues. Teachers should concentrate on teaching not security.
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    No just more ill conceived macho nonsense.
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    Keep guns out of schools.
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    We’ve already seen what can happen, and frankly these folks are worse than useless.
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    No. No more guns in schools.
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    To you gun control freaks: Which gun laws would you like to see put in place AND would they have stopped any of the recent mass shootings? The answer is no. If someone wants to commit a mass murder they will find a way. Stop trying to control everyone else who follows the law because you’re too dumb to separate mental illness from guns. To answer the a question: yes, allow responsible gun owners to carry where they please.
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    So should parents and teachers.
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    How about you raise taxes on the rich SO YOU CAN FULLY FUND EDUCATION AND SRO’S!!! By actually funding education you can have an STO on campus at all times during school hours. ALSO, start getting real republiKKKan’s start listening to We the People and start enacting common sense gun laws. Off Duty officers are going to be on a school campus how often? Retired officers may not be as good of a shot as they where on the force, do you want them shooting around students? Start getting real and stop with your bullshit.
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    Best of all worlds.
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    NO HOW! NO WAY!
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