State Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Deadly Weapons at Child Care Centers

State Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Deadly Weapons at Child Care Centers

Gun Rights

Senate Bill 5434 , approved by the Senate Monday by a vote of 26-21, would prohibit possession of a firearm, even by concealed pistol license-holders (CPL), at state-licensed child care centers. In fact, an amendment to exempt CPL-holders was voted down largely along party lines. Sponsor Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) says, “It just makes sense to make sure all our children are safe from firearms and gun violence in what we assume to be safe spaces.” Sen. Phil Fortunato of Auburn disagreed saying, “This law would criminalize law-abiding citizens taking their children to day care. Proponents of the bill say it’s about protecting kids, and that they aren’t restricting our Second Amendment rights. They are just saying you can’t legally carry your gun in this place, or that place.” Having passed the Senate on a 26-21 vote, the bill now goes to the House for consideration there.

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