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Louisiana Moms Demand Action, Everytown Criticize Committee Passage of Dangerous Guns in Schools Bill

HB 602 Would Allow Teachers, School Staff and Other Private Individuals in Louisiana to Be Armed in Schools

A Volunteer with the Louisiana Chapter of Moms Demand Action Testified Against HB 602 Earlier Today

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today criticized members of the House Criminal Justice Committee for passing HB 602, which would allow teachers, employees and other private individuals to be armed in schools. Recently, legislators in Baton Rouge defeated three similar proposals that would have allowed guns in schools – SB 406, HB 271 and SB 298.

The dangers of allowing guns in schools are well-documented, which is why teachers and law enforcement largely oppose this dangerous policy. More information about the risk of allowing civilians to carry guns in schools is available here.

STATEMENT FROM AMY SIDERIS, VOLUNTEER WITH THE LOUISIANA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:

“Over the past few months, Louisianans have made it clear that we want our elected leaders to do more to prevent gun violence. This bill, which would allow private individuals like teachers, school staff and parents to carry guns in our schools, is a far cry from the gun violence prevention legislation voters are demanding and will instead make our schools less safe. We urge members of the full House to oppose this dangerous policy.”