The House and Senate Education Committee chairs and Attorney General Beau Biden introduced legislation Thursday that would establish “safe school zones” and create a new crime for those who carry a firearm or destructive weapon in those areas.
Sponsored by Representative Darryl Scott and Senator David Sokola, House Bill 67 is one of the five proposals Gov. Markell, Lt. Gov. Denn and Attorney General Biden announced in January to reduce gun violence and better protect children.
The bill would ban the possession of firearms or destructive weapons in schools and on school property. A person possessing those weapons would be charged with a class D felony, which is punishable by up to eight years in prison. The ban only applies to schools, school buses and school property. It does not apply to firearms that are in motor vehicles on school property when the driver is at a legitimate school function.
HB 67 has been assigned to the House Education Committee.
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