Andrew Cuomo Signs Bill to Prohibit Arming Teachers for Classroom Defense

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pauses while he delivers remarks during a dedication ceremony to mark the opening of the new campus of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, September 13, 2017 in New York City. Seven years ago, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg created a competition that invited …
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation on July 31, 2019, to prevent New York teachers from being armed for classroom defense.

The bill means teachers will be unable to shoot back if an attacker breaches the school’s outer perimeter and reaches a classroom or lecture hall.

The New York Times reports Cuomo released a statement on the newly signed prohibition, saying, “The answer to the gun violence epidemic plaguing this country has never been and never will be more guns.”

It should be noted that “more guns” is precisely the approach high profile, elected officials use as they surround themselves with armed good guys to keep themselves safe. Their very actions show a differentiation between good guys with guns and bad guys with guns.

But Cuomo is denying teachers the option of being the good guys who can defend children as a last resort.

The legislation signed by Cuomo also expanded waiting periods on gun purchased and banned bump stocks, which were banned months ago via federal action.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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