Letter to Legislators Regarding Opposition to Guns on School Grounds Legislation
Posted on 05/30/2017
Dear Representatives Stuck, Murphy, Tusler, Rohrkaste and Senator Roth:

We were disheartened to read that a public hearing has been scheduled for SB 169, repealing the State’s gun free school zones law. As we understand SB 169, the bill would allow individuals to obtain a “basic” concealed carry license without completing firearms training; require school boards to post at school buildings and grounds to prohibit possession of firearms by carrying concealed weapon (CCW) license holders in those places; and reduce penalties for persons who possess firearms in school buildings and on school grounds in violation of such postings.

In February of 2017 the Appleton Area School District Board of Education passed the attached Resolution. You were sent a copy of this Resolution at that time. The Resolution opposes any potential legislation regarding the expansion of the rights of individuals to carry guns on school grounds.

The logic of SB 169 is lost on us. One need not look any further than the challenges presented to our police officers when as first responders they arrive on the scene to find multiple parties with firearms. As the Resolution states: Whereas, the AASD looks to first responders to address safety and security concerns, and believes if others are armed in a school or on school grounds who may or may not be prepared and trained in accordance with rigorously thought-out plans, it jeopardizes the lives of innocent bystanders, police officers, and children.

It is our hope that you will not support SB 169. We do not need to expand the opportunity for individuals to bring a firearm on to school grounds. Please feel free to contact us directly should you wish to discuss this further.

Lee Allinger
Outgoing Superintendent

Judith Baseman, Ph.D.
Incoming Superintendent
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