A new bill has been proposed by Kansas lawmakers in which it would make schools in the state liable for any shootings if they forbid teachers the ability to carry a gun on campus.
The proposed law, which will disallow insurance companies to deny coverage to schools where the faculty carry firearms, has a provision that states a school district could be presumed negligent should a school shooting occur and they disallowed teachers to be armed.
The Kansas City Star published a background on the bill: As part of a concealed carry law in 2013, certain teachers and staff would have been allowed to be armed in school buildings. But at the time, the main insurance carrier for the state’s school districts said it wouldn’t renew policies for districts that allowed concealed guns.
The new proposal says insurance companies can’t penalize school districts if teachers choose to carry guns in their classrooms.
State Rep. Blake Carpenter (R) helped create the bill and believes that it could save lives if a shooting were to occur.
The Kansas City Star reports Carpenter said, “It’s not if our kids will be killed; it is when they will be killed and what we are doing to prevent it.”
Rep. Brett Parker (D) opposes the bill and claims it could force schools to arm teachers in order to avoid insurance liability should a school shooting happen, “It would certainly open the door for that conversation.”
Supporters of the bill are open to the idea of dropping the controversial provision.
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