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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Three way gun fight

The Tennessean tells of the three different guns on campus proposals coming from the Legislature.

The only thing I do not like is the title (Move to arm teachers Picks up steam in TN). 

My bill (unlike others) does not arm teachers. It allows teachers to arm themselves if they choose to get SRO training in addition to having done all that is needed for a handgun carry permit. That is why I think my bill is superior. No one would be forcing anyone to do anything they may not want to do. There  will also be no cost from giving the option to teachers. If no one wants to do it there is no cost. When you mandate that someone has to be or do  something that adds a cost and I think the cost will doom other proposals.

From the article...

State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster, is proposing a measure that would let teachers with handgun carry permits bring their guns to school, with the permission of the local school system. The bill also would  require  teachers  to go through special training, and it would allow them to load their guns only with “frangible bullets,” ammunition designed to break apart to minimize the risk of ricocheting.
Meanwhile, state Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Knoxville, says he has drafted a bill that would require districts to assign at least one resource officer, typically a sheriff’s deputy or other armed police officer, to every school or to allow teachers to go armed.
“We’ll probably have several co-sponsors,” he said. “There seems to be a lot of interest in it. I’ve had very, very little negative response, at least from people in Tennessee.”
State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, also plans to introduce legislation proposing three options for schools — to have a trained student resource officer on campus; allow faculty members who are handgun carry permit holders to take student resource officer training so they can carry a gun at school; require the school system to assume liability of its students.
“Gun-free zones don’t work, and that’s been proven time and time again,” Campfield said.

There is also an on line poll you can take part in on the issue.

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