New Wyoming Law Allows Schools to Create Campus Gun Policies
The policies must include qualifications and safeguards for people to bring guns on campuses.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed a bill that will allow school districts to craft concealed gun policies on March 15.
Original House Bill 194, School Safety and Security will permit school districts to allow guns on campus if they meet several safety and training requirements.
If a district wishes to allow guns on campus, they will need to create an application and vetting process, craft safeguarding and gun safety training requirements and develop a process for revoking concealed carry rights.
School districts would also have to notify local law enforcement agencies, parents and guardians of the new gun policy.
Legislators drafted the bill after officials from school districts in rural areas of the state requested the option to arm school personnel, reports the Star Valley Independent. Those officials were concerned about the response times of law enforcement in the case of an emergency.
Governor Mead signed the bill into law on the same day he vetoed another gun bill that would’ve allowed concealed handguns at government meetings.
“My veto message notes my strong support of the right to keep and bear arms, the numerous gun bills I have signed into law and the numerous lawsuits I have directed the Attorney General to pursue to protect Second Amendment rights,” Mead said after the veto.
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