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Pennsylvania: Update on Important Self-Defense Legislation

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pennsylvania: Update on Important Self-Defense Legislation

Yesterday, April 19, the Senate Education Committee passed legislation clarifying the Pennsylvania school boards’ authority to allow school staff to carry firearms on school property. SB 383 will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

Current law prohibits firearms in schools, but there is an exception for a weapon that is “possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or is possessed for other lawful purpose.”  The scope of the law regarding “other lawful purpose” is not clearly defined on whether school employees can or can’t carry in schools.

Senate Bill 383, sponsored by state Senator Donald C. White (R-41), would eliminate the ambiguity of the law and allow school staff to lawfully carry firearms on school property after receiving authorization from the school board of directors, presenting a license to carry concealed, and meeting certain firearm training requirements.  SB 383 would not mandate that schools participate; however, it gives school boards across the Keystone State the ability to establish policies and certain protocols to allow staff to carry concealed firearms.

Stay tuned to www.nraila.org for further updates on this bill. ​

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.