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Rhode Island Bans Most Guns On School Grounds

July 13, 2021

Most guns are no longer allowed on school property in Rhode Island.

The state’s Democratic governor, Dan McKee, signed the Harold M. Metts School Safety Act of 2021 into law on Monday, July 12. It prevents people from bringing guns onto school property. The law includes exceptions for school security personnel, peace officers, and retired law enforcement officers.

Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, a Democrat, told MSN that private citizens have no reason to bring guns onto school grounds.

“Carrying firearms in schools increases risk, not safety,” Ruggerio said. “There have been dozens of examples of mishandling and accidental discharge of firearms in schools across our nation. We are working hard to improve education in our state. The presence of firearms in schools is detrimental to a positive learning environment.”

People who violate the law will face either a fine between $500 and $5,000 or between one to five years in prison.

 

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