A recent study by the Washington, D.C.-based Hamilton Fish Institute—a federally-funded research group affiliated with George Washington University—asserts that thousands more students are bringing guns to school than U.S. Department of Education statistics show.

Under the Gun Free Schools Act of 1994, principals are required to report to their districts or states the number of firearms confiscated in their schools each year. Researchers compared those figures with data from the National Longitudinal Study of


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