Bill to arm school employees passes committee

weaponsA 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.



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