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.
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- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedMay 18th, 2017
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What is House Bill H.R. 2513?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2513
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) introduced this bill 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.”
This legislation has the support of six Republican cosponsors in the House.
Of Note: In 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.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: NJ Public Safety Officers)