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Baltimore Delegation Rejects Guns in Schools for Police

March 10, 2015  | 

Officers in the Baltimore school system's police force won't be able to carry guns inside schools any time soon.

The city's delegation in Annapolis effectively killed legislation Friday that would have lifted the prohibition, putting an end to a contentious debate that divided the community, reports the Baltimore Sun.

So for the time being, Baltimore's school police will remain the only police officers in the state forbidden to have firearms within public schools while classes are in session.

"We couldn't come up with a consensus," said Del. Curt Anderson, chairman of the city's House delegation, explaining the decision. Anderson, a Democrat, had sponsored the bill at the city school board's request.

The 141-member school police force is the only one in Maryland dedicated exclusively to protecting a school district. The officers have jurisdiction throughout the city and can carry firearms while patrolling outside school grounds or when detailed to help the Baltimore Police Department with major events.

In other districts, members of the traditional police force provide security at schools and don't have special rules about carrying firearms inside buildings.

Comments (7)

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kevCopAz @ 3/10/2015 6:44 PM

How stupid is this? One a sworn officer hired to protect the schools HAS to unarmed when in the schools? Then outside jurisdiction officers have no such probation by law, makes any sense? NO WAY? The officer working for that school district should never enter a school building until they are allowed the same rights as any LEO in that state! THIS is what you get when you let academics run a police force, DUMB!

walt @ 3/10/2015 6:47 PM

I can't believe they expect an officer to give up his weapon while on duty. Might as well save money and just hire security guards. I also cant see a cop giving up his weapon. It will be great when there is an active shooter in the school.

DEADMAN @ 3/11/2015 12:12 AM

I think i would be looking for employment elsewhere,if they don't have faith in you,you shouldn't have faith in them or that job,life is short,don't make it any shorter.

watchingu2 @ 3/11/2015 4:16 AM

There kids don't go to public schools. Why worry about ours

Tom @ 3/11/2015 5:49 AM

So what do these officers do, if some school shooter shows up with a gun ? It is obvious that PC has replaced common sense in these schools. What is wrong with the command and administration for these officers ? If they had the best interest of these officers and students in mind, they would not send these officers into the schools unarmed. This is just a sad example of how far away from common sense we have fallen. Shame on whoever is in charge for not having the guts to pull the officers from the school. Someone in Baltimore needs to find some nads.

Dennis VanWey @ 3/11/2015 8:26 AM

As Lt Col Dave Grossman points out in his Bulletproof Mind seminars - unarmed security (police) in schools? Call them what they are- WalMart greeters (with no disrespect to WalMart). Unarmed police just give the bad guys larger targets to shoot at in the schools. How ridiculous!

Jon Retired LEO @ 3/11/2015 11:00 AM

This runs on the same road as the Court houses around the country that have uniformed security guards at metal detectors with nothing on their belts except weak cans of pepper spray. Good luck to all of them!

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