Arizona has moved forward with legislation giving teachers the ability to carry guns in school.
The Senate passed the bill, and now the House takes it up, the Los Angeles Times reports. The bill would give individual school boards around the state the power to vote on teacher-carry rights. School boards could let any school employee — not just teachers — the ability to carry a concealed handgun, pistol or revolver onto campus property, the L.A. Times says.
The caveats are this: The school would have to be located 20 miles or more, or 30 minutes driving distance, from the nearest police station. The school cannot have an armed resource officer. And the school must have fewer than 600 students.
Arizona isn’t the only state considering laws to arm teachers. Earlier this month, South Dakota successfully passed a law giving school officials the right to carry on campus.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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