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Which states don’t allow teachers or the general public to carry guns in K–12 schools?

33 states have adopted this policy

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Alabama has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Alaska has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Arizona has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Arkansas has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

California has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Colorado has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Connecticut has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Delaware has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
Any permit holders

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Florida has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Georgia has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Hawaii has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
Any permit holders

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Idaho has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Illinois has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Indiana has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Iowa has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Kansas has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel and any other permit holders

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Kentucky has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Louisiana has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Maine has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Maryland has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Massachusetts has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Michigan has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Minnesota has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Mississippi has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
Any permit holders

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Missouri has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Montana has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Nebraska has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Nevada has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

New Hampshire has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
Any permit holders

No Guns in K-12 Schools

New Jersey has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

New Mexico has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

New York has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

North Carolina has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

North Dakota has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Ohio has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
Security officers employed by the Board of Education

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Oklahoma has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Oregon has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
Any permit holders

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Pennsylvania has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Rhode Island has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

South Carolina has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

South Dakota has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Tennessee has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Texas has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Utah has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
Any permit holders

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Vermont has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Virginia has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Washington has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

West Virginia has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Wisconsin has adopted this policy

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Wyoming has not adopted this policy

If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
School personnel

What It Does

Several states have dangerous laws aimed at arming K–12 teachers and employees or allowing visitors to carry guns on campus. All states should reject those policies, joining the 33 featured here. We should keep guns out of schools—and focus instead on solutions like in-school threat assessment teams and secure storage requirements.

The Impact

School safety experts and law enforcement oppose the idea of arming teachers. It’s a myth that highly trained teachers can respond quickly to a shooter, and guns in schools are a hazard waiting to be found by students and teachers in bathrooms or locker rooms.

No Guns in K-12 Schools

Policy adopted? If not, who is allowed to carry under state law?
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware Any permit holders
Florida School personnel
Georgia School personnel
Hawaii Any permit holders
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas School personnel and any other permit holders
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi Any permit holders
Missouri School personnel
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire Any permit holders
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota School personnel
Ohio Security officers employed by the Board of Education
Oklahoma School personnel
Oregon Any permit holders
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota School personnel
Tennessee School personnel
Texas School personnel
Utah Any permit holders
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming School personnel
Show Citations and Footnotes
Source: Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, § 1457(h); Fla. Stat. 30.15(1)(k); Ga. Code Ann. §§ 16-11-127.1(c)(6), 16-11-130.1; Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-6301(a)(11), (i)(5), 75-7c(d)(1); Miss. Code Ann. §§ 97-37-7(2), 45-9-101(13); Mo. Rev. Stat. § 160.665(1); N.D. Cent. Code §§ 62.1-02, 62.1-02-05; Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2923.122(D)(1)(a); Okla. Stat. tit. 70, § 5-149.2; Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1277(A)(3), (D) § 1280.1(C)(7); Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.370(3)(d); S.D. Codified Laws § 13-64-1; Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-815; Tex. Educ. Code §§ 37.0811, 37.0813; Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-505.5(4)(a); Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-3-132. 

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