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In South Dakota, teachers could now carry firearms

posted 3/9/2013 10:35:22 PM |
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Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota yesterday signed into law a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom.

While some other states have provisions in their gun laws that make it possible for teachers to be armed, South Dakota is thought to be the first state to pass a law that specifically allows teachers to carry firearms.

About two dozen states have proposed similar bills since the shootings in December at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., but all of them have stalled.

Supporters say that the measure signed by Daugaard, a Republican, is important in a rural state such as South Dakota, where some schools are many miles away from emergency responders.

Opponents, which have included the state school board association and teachers association, say this is a rushed measure that does not make schools safer.

The law says that school districts may choose to allow a school employee, hired security officer or volunteer to serve as a “sentinel” who can carry a firearm in the school. The law does not require school districts to do this.

Daugaard said he was comfortable with the law because it gave school districts the right to choose whether they wanted armed individuals in schools, and that those who were armed would have to undergo firearms training similar to what law-enforcement officers receive.

“I think it does provide the same safety precautions that a citizen expects when a law-enforcement officer enters onto a premises,” Daugaard said. But he added that he did not think that many school districts would end up taking advantage of the measure.

Columbus Dispatch

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Mar 9 @ 11:01PM  
I can see it now, a teacher wigs out, "I have had it with you young man! You're in time out!!!" Boom, boom, boom... "Permanently."

I am not completely certain about this and I just tried to find the story again in the Fort Worth Star Telegram but couldn't. But apparently in the Dallas/Fort Worth area there is a citizen organization that is made up of people licensed to carry firearms that have been authorized to perform neighborhood watches around schools.

Mar 10 @ 12:28PM  
Not to worry... it's when teachers are allowed to carry grenade launchers, is when the students as a whole have to worry- especially in my old stomping grounds, Detroit's East side and downtown area!

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In South Dakota, teachers could now carry firearms