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In the wake of the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is set to sign a bill that would allow teachers and school staffers to carry guns with only 24 hours of training required.
“I think it gets down to this: Do we want our kids to have a fighting chance in the event that the worst happens, right,” said one of the bill’s supporters, legislative affairs director for the Buckeye Firearms Association Rob Sexton, according to reporting from KAMR. “And for us, we’d just like a school to be able to have that option. Allows local school districts to make their own decisions.”
According to Fox News, “[t]he bill will allow any adult that is licensed to carry a concealed firearm in both public and private schools with a reduced training requirement, doing away with the 737 hours of peace officer training that is currently required in favor of mandating only 24 hours of training. Individual schools and districts have the option to set their own policies, including requiring additional hours of training.”
The bill coasted through the State Senate, 23-9, and was met with little resistance in the State House, 56-34. The bill mandates at least 18 hours of general training, two hours of handgun training, two hours of “additional” general training, and two hours of “additional” handgun training, Fox News reports.
Not everyone is on board with the new safety measure, obviously, including Ohio Education Association President Scott DiMauro; he says the bill will push too much responsibility on to teachers.
“Asking teachers who are already overburdened to add more to their plate by serving in a dual role where they’re both responsible for educating children and now in some cases where this might be implemented for armed security in schools, we think is not really addressing the issue,” DiMauro said.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 2, 2022