Georgia’s House Bill 35 that would allow school districts to arm employees cleared a couple more hurdles this week, getting approval from the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. The bill now moves to the Rules Committee for consideration.
According to the AJC, if approved, the bill would give local school boards the authority to designate an employee, or number of employees, to carry concealed weapons on school campuses. The designees would have to obtain the necessary permits, undergo background checks and comply with certain other requirements. It would be voluntary – districts would not be required to participate. The designees need not necessarily be administrators, according to the AJC.
If approved, this would reportedly help school districts avoid the cost of requiring trained law enforcement officers in schools.
Do you support a bill that would allow for one or more staff members at a school be armed? If not, what alternative do you think would work better?