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Governor Cuomo signs bill preventing school districts from arming teachers

Posted at 10:54 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 10:56:32-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation preventing school districts from arming teachers.

According to the Governor's office, this law limits an educational institution’s ability to authorize any person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard to carry a firearm on school grounds.

"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. These measures will help slow the proliferation of guns by keeping unneeded firearms out of school zones and helping to ensure unwanted or illegal guns don't fall into dangerous hands." the governor’s office said in a press release issued Wednesday morning.

The bill takes effect immediately.

This is the latest in a handful of gun control measures Gov. Cuomo signed into law this week.