Rhode Island governor bans guns from schools by executive order
By Chris Eger
Raimondo, shown here at the Rhode Island State House, was criticised in her action by Republicans running for her office this November. (Photo: Raimondo’s office)
Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday signed an executive action to bar firearms, except those carried by law enforcement, from public PK-12 schools. The action, backed up by a notice given to all schools by Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner, was done to improve the state’s already strict gun laws, according to a release to Raimondo’s office. The order came amid reported “uncertainty among education leaders” and a “lack of consistent practice” among the state’s various school districts.
Until this morning, RI was one of only a handful of states that allowed non-law enforcement officials to carry concealed weapons into schools.
— Gina Raimondo (@GovRaimondo) August 29, 2018
“It’s our job to protect kids and their teachers,” Wagner said. “Inconsistencies among laws, regulations, and local policies and practices create confusion, producing the exact kind of unsafe environment the law is intended to prevent. As we start a new school year, this directive provides clarity, until such time that the underlying laws are reconciled.”
Rhode Island’s current firearm laws prohibit gun possession on public school property but make an