Teachers, college professors and school administrators in New York are prohibited from carrying guns on school grounds under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The legislation limits firearms on campuses to police, school resource officers and security guards. The bill, which comes as several states move to arm teachers in an effort to deter school shootings, takes effect immediately.
Supporters of the bill say it will reduce the potential for accidental shootings or other acts of violence.
“The answer to the gun violence epidemic plaguing this country has never been and never will be more guns,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Cuomo also signed legislation that requires law enforcement and state officials to create standards for gun buyback programs. The aim is to implement “best practices” across the state and to make sure the events are held in every New York county.
The new law takes effect in 180 days.
Cuomo said both measures “will help slow the proliferation of guns by keeping unneeded firearms out of school zones and helping to ensure unwanted or illegal guns don’t fall into dangerous hands.”