The bill signed Wednesday prevents school districts from arming staff who are not school resource officers, law enforcement officers or security guards. “The answer to the gun violence epidemic plaguing this country has never been and never will be more guns, and today we’re expanding New York’s nation-leading gun safety laws to further protect our children,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo also wants state police to establish regulations to bolster existing gun buyback programs and create new ones for removing “illegal, unsecured, abandoned or unwanted firearms.”
“Arming teachers with guns can only lead to additional tragedies,” said Judy Griffin, a Democratic assembly member who sponsored the bill. “While we will always remember the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, this legislation ensures that teachers will never have the burden of choosing between protecting their students or themselves from a violent shooter.”