Proposed gun ban in school district could run into challenge

Associated Press
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A school board for a district covering towns in Vermont and New Hampshire is considering a firearms ban, creating a potential challenge to New Hampshire law.

The Valley News reported that the Rivendell Interstate School Board considered the proposal Tuesday. If adopted, it would prohibit weapons in school buildings and property, in school-used vehicles and at school events. It would apply to students, Rivendell staff and the public.

Discussion started after state Rep. David Binford, R-Bath, carried a sidearm while providing security at a Rivendell basketball game.

In Vermont, it’s a crime to carry deadly weapons onto school property. But there’s no similar law in New Hampshire, where the Legislature has sole authority to regulate firearms. A House bill would fine officials who enact local gun policies.

The district covers Orford, N.H., and Fairlee, Vershire, and West Fairlee in Vermont.