(WBNG) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Wednesday banning teachers from carrying a firearm in the classroom statewide.
School resource officers, security guards and law enforcement will still be able to carry guns on school grounds, but districts will no longer have the ability to grant anyone else permission to do the same. The bill takes effect immediately.
This is the third piece of gun-control legislation the governor has passed into law in the same amount of days. Monday, Governor Cuomo signed a bill extending background check waiting times, and Tuesday he signed a similar one banning undectable guns in the state, such as those made by 3-D printers. They are undetectable because in many cases they don’t have a serial number and don’t trigger common metal detectors.
One local superintendent said he believes the latest bill is a step in the right direction, but it won’t be able to end school shootings alone.
“Many of the gun violence situations are not a matter of gun legislation,” said Allen Buyck, Superintendent and CEO of Broome/Tioga BOCES. “Criminals who want guns will still find guns whether you ban them or not.”
Buyck also said he believes mental health plays a major factor in many of the root issues that lead to mass shootings, and says his schools have made it a focal point.
State Rep. Clifford Crouch (R, 122nd District) said while he doesn’t believe all teachers should be armed, school districts should be able to make those decisions for themselves.
“You can’t sit in Albany and just make a blanket ruling to cure everything. It just doesn’t work that way,” Crouch told 12 News. “That’s gotta be a school decision.”