Bill Will Allow Freedom of Choice for Local School Districts on How Best to Protect Children
January 15, 2013
“If the school board, as advised by their local constituency, deems that a qualified, trained employee may carry a firearm to protect the school children from any potential threat, this bill permits them to make that choice,” Lynn said. “If on the other hand, a school district believes school children can be adequately protected without a firearm carried by a school employee, this bill permits that as well.”
The law would apply to public, private and religious schools. “I believe that decisions of this magnitude are best made by authorities at the local level,” Lynn said.
HB55, if passed, will allow school districts and private schools to adopt a policy authorizing one or more permanent employees to possess one or more firearms on school grounds under certain conditions.