Arizona AG, Lawmaker Want to Arm School Employees

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

School teachers who undergo special training would be allowed to have a gun in a locked area of a school, including their classroom, under a bill being pushed by a Republican lawmaker and Attorney General Tom Horne.

Rep. David Stevens said Monday that his bill is voluntary for school districts and allows then to designate any employee to receive weapons training and keep them in a classroom lockbox or other secured spot on campuses. That includes teachers, principals or even school maintenance staff.

Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, said the training provisions and the voluntary nature of the proposed law gives school districts a way to add to security in case an incident that threatens children happens.

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