2023-01-25 23:29:41

West Virginia Advances Gun Bill for K-12 School Staff

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By Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) A bill that would allow teachers, administrators and support personnel to carry guns in K-12 public schools is advancing in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

The proposal passed the House Education Committee on Wednesday, just one day after the state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would permit the carrying of firearms on college and university campuses. It will now go before the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill advanced despite concerns shared by a school safety administrator with the state Department of Homeland Security the agency that would be training educators to carry guns at school.

I have concerns I have major concerns, Homeland Security School Safety and Security Administrator Ron Arthur said during Wednesdays meeting. Ive survived several gun fights and I know what its like to carry a deadly weapon every day, and to have that burden. I would not want to ask that of a teacher, out of nothing but love and respect for every teacher I know.

Arthur did not explicitly say whether he was for or against the bill.

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