Oklahoma House Resurrects Bill To Arm School Teachers

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 1:06 pm
By: News 9

A plan to allow specially trained armed teachers in public school classrooms has been resurrected in the Oklahoma House.

The author of the proposal, Sapulpa Republican Rep. Mark McCullough, attached the proposal as an amendment Thursday to a separate bill. The House voted 47-24 to accept the amendment.

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McCullough has pushed the idea of allowing teachers and other school employees to bring weapons into schools if they receive specialized training from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.

The House earlier this session voted 68-23 for the bill, but the chairman of the Senate Education Committee declined to hear it. Bartlesville Republican Sen. John Ford said at the time he deferred to the recommendations of a school safety task force formed in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

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