Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano, who is also a Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor, introduced Senate Bill 1288, which would allow school staff to possess a firearm or other lawful weapons on school grounds.
An employee would need to request a certification from the administration of the school district they work in. The school district SHALL issue the certification if they meet the following requirements:
- Valid proof of employment within the school district
- Provides a current 2″ x 2″ photo
- Proof of a valid Pennsylvania concealed carry permit
- Certification of the required course that consists of 15 to 30 hours of instruction (more details on the course can be read in the full bill here)
- Demonstrate hands-on safety and proficiency with the firearm or weapon they will be carrying
Mastriano’s office also released the following statement:
“It’s important to note that Senate Bill 1288 would not be a mandate on schools or the staff but would give school staff the ability to be a last line of defense if they choose to go through the certification process.”
There are currently 29 states that allow school employees to carry firearms on school grounds.