You Asked: Who Can Carry a Gun at a School?

State law determines who has authority to carry a weapon at a school.


A Marblehead school administrator's arrest last week for carrying a loaded weapon while intoxicated had several people wondering what the law says about guns at schools.

In the Marblehead case, the interim school business manager was carrying a loaded weapon but not at school, or even on a school day.

We learned that a state statute, Chapter 269, Section 10, covers  weapons at schools.

Subsection J of that statute prohibits anyone but police officers from carrying a weapon at an elementary school, secondary school, college or university unless the person has the written authorization of the board or officer in charge of the school.

(j) Whoever, not being a law enforcement officer, and notwithstanding any license obtained by him under the provisions of chapter one hundred and forty, carries on his person a firearm as hereinafter defined, loaded or unloaded or other dangerous weapon in any building or on the grounds of any elementary or secondary school, college or university without the written authorization of the board or officer in charge of such elementary or secondary school, college or university shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. For the purpose of this paragraph, “firearm” shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle or smoothbore arm from which a shot, bullet or pellet can be discharged by whatever means.

Any officer in charge of an elementary or secondary school, college or university or any faculty member or administrative officer of an elementary or secondary school, college or university failing to report violations of this paragraph shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars.

Mark Chulsky January 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Doesn't this law tells the crazy (but not stupid) bad guys loud and clear "Here! You will have plenty of time to do your bloody business!"
Richard Yunker January 28, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Once again a law that stifles the law abiding citizen. People that have gone through the process of getting a license to carry should be able to protect them selfs from any criminal element that is out there. The people that commit these unspeakable acts do not, obviously, have any regard for the laws that law abiding people obey. This law gives the advantage to the criminal element that want to exploit it and gives them the comfort of knowing that their target is unarmed. I feel that until the government can put a trained security officer in every building and on every corner that law abiding citizens should be able to carry a fire arm to protect them selfs anywhere, because there is not that trained officer every where. We also make our selfs and schools harder targets.
Richard Yunker January 28, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Yes, yes it does. It takes an average of 3-5 minutes for law enforcement to respond to the first 911 call. Scary to think of the damage that can be done in that time. Most incidents of mass shootings only last about 10-15 minutes until they are stopped.
Ray DePaula January 28, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I couldn't agree more Richard.
hammergjh January 28, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I would only support highly trained security or law enforcement personnel to carry on school grounds. Just because one owns a weapon doesn't mean one knows what to do with it.
Ray DePaula January 28, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Yup. Not saying anyone off the street should protect our children, You would have to have EXTENSIVE training. Not just a tight group...
Buzz January 29, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Problem is, anywhere that law abiding citizens can't carry guns make for ideal targets for deranged criminals. These nut cases rarely (if ever) attack gun clubs, gun ranges, police departments, or other places where they know armed people will be. Something to think about...
Richard Yunker January 29, 2013 at 03:31 AM
I believe that people that own and carry guns have a great responsibility. One is to know how and when to use that tool and to be proficient in the use of it. One should be ready not only to protect them selfs but others as well. At same time they should know enough not put them selfs that situation.


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