Democrats in the state Senate are proposing a ban on allowing teachers to carry guns in schools as a way to thwart any potential changes in federal law.
On Saturday, Long Island Sen. Todd Kaminsky announced legislation that would change New York penal law to explicitly prohibit teachers from carrying guns in schools.
The announcement adds to the debate in the state Legislature over what gun-control measures may be needed in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings Feb. 14.
“More guns does not equal safer schools,” Kaminsky, a Democrat, said in a statement.
“Calls to arm our teachers are merely a distraction from urgently needed, common sense gun safety measures, increased funding for mental-health services, and funding for hardening technology for our schools."