Jennifer Cruz
January 20, 2014

A bill introduced by Nebraska State Sen. Mark Christensen last Tuesday would allow teachers with additional training to obtain a special concealed-carry permit allowing them to carry guns in schools.

Legislative Bill 879 wouldn’t just allow any teacher in any school to carry a firearm. Instead, the bill would permit each individual school district to choose whether to amend their current policies to allow teachers to carry concealed on campus. Currently, state law prohibits anyone except for on-duty law enforcement from carrying a gun onto school property.

Although Christensen expects opposition from some larger, more urban districts, he feels that allowing armed staff is a good option for smaller, more rural areas where it’s not unusual for law enforcement to be half an hour or farther away. Additionally, those smaller districts don’t always have the funds to hire security guards or add other safety features that some of the bigger districts have.

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