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.
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)
Police Officers Protecting Children Act
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.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedMay 18th, 2017
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