Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

(Photo: Jim Urquhart /Reuters)

Door Opened for Gun-Wielding Teachers in South Dakota

South Dakota became the first state in the U.S. to officially allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom on Friday, after Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill into law that will allow individual school districts to autonomously decide on the matter.

Similar legislation has been proposed in about two dozen states, while a slew of other states including, Utah, Texas and Hawaii, either maintain a lack in official legal restrictions, or uphold certain provisions that make it possible for only some teachers to have guns in the classroom.

However, South Dakota is the now the first state since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting to specifically pen and authorize a bill that gives all teachers the ability to possess firearms in classrooms from kindergarten through 12th grade, Lauren Heintz, a research analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told the New York Times.

The bill comes a day after Georgia lawmakers advanced legislation to end a ban on firearms in bars, churches and college classrooms that will now move to the Georgia state Senate for consideration.

_______________________


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.
We need your help.

Support progressive journalism.

Common Dreams is not your average news site. We don't survive on clicks or advertising dollars. We rely entirely on your support. And without it, our independent progressive journalism simply wouldn’t exist. Every gift of every amount matters.

Join the fight and support our common dreams today.

Intent on Appeasing Manchin, US Blocks G7 Progress on Phasing Out Coal

"Once again Joe Manchin is casting a heavy shadow."

Julia Conley, staff writer ·


Calls to 'Expand the Supreme Court' Grow as McConnell Warns He's Prepared to Steal Another Seat

"Mitch McConnell is already foreshadowing that he'll steal a 3rd Supreme Court seat if he gets the chance. He's done it before, and he'll do it again."

Jake Johnson, staff writer ·


'All He Has to Do Is Sign': Group Crafts Executive Order for Biden to Cancel All Student Loan Debt

"With the stroke of a pen, Biden could grant tens of millions of Americans a semblance of financial freedom."

Jake Johnson, staff writer ·


Rich Nations' Vaccine Pledge Includes Just 613 Million New Doses—Well Short of Promised 1 Billion

"A single factory could produce this number in a year if you waived patents."

Jake Johnson, staff writer ·


Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Elephant in the Room' Is Senate Democrats Blocking Their Own Party's Agenda

"The argument that we need to make here," the New York Democrat said of bipartisanship's dead end, "is that it's worth going it alone if we can do more for working people in this country."

Jon Queally, staff writer ·