WA Bill Would Ban Guns From School Board Meetings

NPR reports:

Guns and other weapons would be banned from election-related locations and at school board meetings in Washington under a pair of proposals that received a public hearing in the Democratically-controlled state Legislature on Wednesday.

In addition, people would be prohibited from openly carrying firearms at local government meetings — such as meetings of city councils. Violations would be gross misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $5,000.

These proposals to address what proponents termed “armed intimidation” come amid heightened tensions — and even violent clashes — over election outcomes, the public health response to COVID-19 and how public schools teach the history of racism in the United States.

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Photo: Bill sponsor Rep. April Berg.