More than three-quarters of NEA members believe it is too easy to get guns in the United States and overwhelmingly favor universal background checks.
NEA members believe schools should be safe places for learning, not de facto prisons. They reject the idea of arming teachers and other educators and oppose using federal funds for that purpose.
The House has passed two bills supported by NEA: the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), which would require all gun sellers to conduct background checks, and the Enhanced Background Checks Act (H.R. 112), which would close the Charleston loophole by extending the waiting period for purchasing a firearm from three to 10 days.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow the full Senate to vote on the Background Check Expansion Act (S. 42) and the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (S. 66), which would ban importing, selling, manufacturing, transferring, or possessing semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
NEA members also support an expanded focus on mental health in schools; additional school-based health centers; more funding for educators’ professional development in bullying prevention and other areas; and research on gun violence as a public health issue by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.