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Weapons at School

Under the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1995, a firearm could not be brought within 1,000 feet of a school. But the unfortunate reality is that weapons have shown up in our nation's school campuses far too often. While weapons at school can take many forms -- including pocket knives, switchblades, explosives and, yes, guns -- states have often grappled with the broadening definition of what a weapon actually is. This section provides background and legislative history of weapons at school, including limitations on school's authority, constitutional rights of students, and ramifications of possessing firearms on school grounds. Click on the links below to learn more.

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