Rockford approves "weapons-free" schools policy

12:03 AM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Members of the board of Rockford Public Schools approved a new "weapons-free school zone" policy for the district, which would prohibit any unauthorized firearms on campuses.

Under current Michigan law, people are not allowed to carry concealed weapons onto school grounds.  People who have a concealed pistol license in the state are allowed to carry firearms, but must do so openly.

Following December's school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, some have called for changes -- including allowing teachers and others to carry concealed weapons in schools.

The new Rockford policy, approved at Monday night's school board meeting, does not allow any weapons on school property -- unless the person carrying the weapon is a police officer or other law enforcement official, or a person authorized by the superintendent to bring it onto school grounds for educational or security purposes.

Representatives from MichiganOpenCarry.org say the Rockford school board is ill-informed, and that the district could face a lawsuit challenging the new policy.  Rockford school officials their intent is to ensure the safety of their students, and that they will risk the lawsuit.

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