Washington - Firearms/Weapons on School Campuses: Prohibitions or Restrictions

Area: 
Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law complies with minimum requirements of the federal Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) and adds student supports and protections.

Revised Code of Washington 28A.600.420 Firearms on school premises, transportation, or facilities—Penalty—Exemptions.

(1) Any elementary or secondary school student who is determined to have carried a firearm onto, or to have possessed a firearm on, public elementary or secondary school premises, public school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public schools, shall be expelled from school for not less than one year under RCW 28A.600.010. The superintendent of the school district, educational service district, or state school for the blind, or the director of the Washington state center for childhood deafness and hearing loss, or the director’s designee, may modify the expulsion of a student on a case-by-case basis.
(2) For purposes of this section, “firearm” means a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. Sec. 921, and a “firearm” as defined in RCW 9.41.010.
(3) This section shall be construed in a manner consistent with the individuals with disabilities education act, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1401 et seq.
(4) Nothing in this section prevents a public school district, educational service district, the Washington state center for childhood deafness and hearing loss, or the state school for the blind if it has expelled a student from such student’s regular school setting from providing educational services to the student in an alternative setting.


Revised Code of Washington 9.41.280 Possessing dangerous weapons on school facilities—Penalty—Exceptions.

Any violation of subsection (1) of this section by elementary or secondary school students constitutes grounds for expulsion from the state’s public schools in accordance with RCW 28A.600.010. An appropriate school authority shall promptly notify law enforcement and the student’s parent or guardian regarding any allegation or indication of such violation.

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