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School Safety Measures

Concerning measures to improve school safety, and, in connection therewith, establishing qualifications for school security officers and regulating firearm storage on school grounds.
2024 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

The bill permits a school district, charter school, or board of cooperative services (local education provider) to employ or retain by contract a person as a school security officer only if:

  • The local education provider has a policy that governs security officers' engagement with students;
  • The person completes school security officer or school resource officer training; and
  • The person undergoes a background check and a psychological evaluation.

The bill permits a school security officer to carry a handgun on school property if the school security officer holds a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun; completes firearms training, including ongoing in-service training; and passed the peace officer standards and training board's firearms skills test or an equivalent firearms skills test.

Existing law prohibits carrying, bringing, or possessing a deadly weapon on school property and includes exceptions to the prohibition, including for the purpose of a school employee carrying out necessary duties and functions that require the use of a deadly weapon. The bill repeals the exception for a school employee carrying out the employee's duties and expressly permits a school security officer to carry a handgun on school grounds, as described above.

The bill prohibits a school or law enforcement agency from storing firearms on the grounds of a public or private elementary, middle, junior high, or high school.




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. E. Hamrick, Rep. J. Parenti



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details