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HB 384 - Authorizes Students to Bring Firearms to School - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Failed (House) (45-53) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Students to Bring Firearms to School

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes a student to bring a firearm to school under certain circumstances, effective July 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes a school to allow a student to bring a firearm to school in the following circumstances (Sec. 1): 
    • The school district has safeguards to ensure student safety; and 
    • The firearm is secured in a locked container approved by the school district when not in use for instructional activity (Sec. 1).
  • Requires a school to expel a student for at least 1 year who has brought a firearm to school, except as allowed by the provisions of this bill (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that a student alleged to have brought a firearm to school has the right to due process prior to expulsion (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a teacher, superintendent or principal to immediately suspend a student if there is probable cause to believe the student brought a firearm to school, whereas existing law requires the immediate suspension of a student who is determined to have brought a firearm to school (Sec. 1). 
  • Prohibits the following from being defined as a firearm (Sec. 1):
    • A picture of a firearm; 
    • A fractional-sized replica of a firearm; 
    • An imitation of the sound of a firearm discharge; and
    • The forming of an individual’s hand into the shape of a firearm.
  • Authorizes a school to offer instructional activities related to firearms (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Students to Bring Firearms to School

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