A bill that would allow school districts to arm employees gained the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee’s approval Tuesday.
House Bill 35, introduced by Rep. Paul Battles, R-Cartersville, would give local school boards the authority to designate any number of employees to carry concealed weapons. The bill would provide some training criteria but largely leaves the decision-making on such issues to the local school boards, Battles said. The person or people appointed to carry firearms would have to obtain a weapons carry permit in addition to meeting other requirements, such as undergoing a background check.
The move is voluntary, and school districts are not required to participate.